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Edison  General  File  Series 
1915.  Chemicals  (E-15-18) 

Oct.  1st.  1915. 

Messrs.  Merck  &  Company, 
45  Park  Place, 

Hew  York  City. 


Replying  to  your  favor  requesting  quotations  on  various 
items,  X  teg  to  quote  you  as  follows:. 

Red  Oxide  Iron  C.  P.,  16  cents  per  pound 
Iron  by  Hydrogen  C.  P.  Grade  4,  28  I/g  cents  por  pound 
■t  .i  n  c.  P.  "  B,  29  oents  per  pound 
Mercury  Oxide,  1.79  cents  per  pound. 

The  iron  products  are  made  from  speoial  Swedish  iron, 
triple  crystallized.  All  these  ohemioals  are  of  peat  purity, 
as  your  tests  will  show.  It  1b  necessary  in  our  business  to  have 
them  very  pure,  otherwise  they  could  be  manufactured  at  a  muck 
lower  urioe,  but  we  do  not  make  any  cheaper  grades. 

As  to  delivery,  we  could  furnish  as  follows: 

About  5,000  pounds  per 
"  3,500  "  " 

"  1,500  n  " 

week  of  Red  Oxide  Iron> 

"  "  iron  by  Hydrogen. 

"  "  Oxide  of  Moroury. 

later  on  we  may  not  bo  able  to  sell  this  quantity. 

We  will  give  you  prioes  of  Cobalt  Sulphate. and  Hydrate 
later  on.  In  regard  to  Aoetanilid,  we  cannot  sper®  any,  as  we 
use  it  all  oursplves.  As  to  Uiokel,  our  contracts  prevent  ub 
from  selling  to'  outside  parties. 

Yours  very  truly, 


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Oot.  lBt.  1916. 

"ha  yrinfc  laboratories, 

Lancaster,  Ohio. 


Your  favor  of  the  27th  ultimo  has 
been  received,  and  in  reply  I  beg  to  say  that 
wo  are  producing  Solvent  Naphtha  at  our  Benzol 
Plant  at  '7oodwara,  Ala.,  and  Bhall  have  pome 
for  sale.  The  price  will  be  .15/5  per  gallon 
in  small  quantities,  auoh  as  a  arum  of  110  gal¬ 
lons.  In  large  quantities  we  quote  30/5  per  gal¬ 
lon.  Brume  extra,  The  pfioe  is  F."  0.  B.  ?.’ood- 
wara,  Ala.,  and  quotation  is  subject  to  the 
material  being  unsold  upon  hearing  from  you. 

Yours  very  truly. 

Assistant  to  Ur.  Edison. 

Oct.  let. 


Mr.  John  J.  Caine, 

1413  North  American  Bldg., 
Philadelphia ,  Pa. 

Boar  Sir: 

Replying  to  your  favor  of  the  27th 
ultimo,  we  heg  to  any  that  wo  would  have  no 
U8o  for  the  caat  iron  product  you  mention.  We 
only  use  cast  iron  borings'  in  manufacturing 
Aniline  Oil. 

Yours  very  truly. 

ESiBon  laboratory. 

DIVISION  IN  QUESTION-  t  t  llrOO^l  X>19Vi'. 

SUBJECT-  Monthly  ooat  and  accounting  statement. 

RESULT  WANTED  BY-  A3  BOO Ti  aa  possible. 

FOLLOW-UP  -  BY  -  l£f.  Opdyke.  _ 

Confirming  our  conversation,  and  in 

3  advios  entirely  at  the  disposition  of  Mr.  Opdylca. 

It  v^Ra  my  alrioore  nope  that  aa  the 

able1  to° render  OpdykS  ttot°£r“ opdyke  will 

babble  to  place  in  a.  ai3oa's  handa,  mttly 
ooat  and  accounting  statements  for  the  month  of 
Ootober,  19U5. 

id  ahing  you  ovary  3ucce33  in  thl3 
new  lino  of  work,  I  remain, 

a.  B.  Mambort, 
iif  flo  tanoy^Sngineer. 

Mcaara.  Edison,  Wilson,  Berggron,  mrry  Millar  and  Kommerhoff. 

Form  1203. 

Woodavcakd  Iron  Company  /  d 


Eeor  Kr,  Edison: 

October  1,  191?. 

T^ZTJ^^  (— 

I  sired  you  this  morning  ee^foUows:^  ^  ^  X-JXU  U)cAr»^  0  ‘"l 

"Your  message  thirtie^r  We  are] furnishing  your  plant  with  y 
more  water  than  contract  oallo  for.  We  have  spent  fifty  thousand  o-»  J 

dollars  in  an  effort  to  get  additional  water  and  hope  to  obtain  an  ,  Tjw 

adequate  supply.  Heavy  drouth  has  out  down  supply  of  mine  water  and  -Co- 
failure  of  pipe  in  spring  line  has  caused  delays.  We  have  ®v^y 
disposition  to  make  your  plant  entirely  successful.,.  Writing. 

,  \fU  W-  ^n\*7  H  ***w 

which  1  now  beg  to  confirm.  ^  1 

I  hove  looked  into  thie  matifr  Carefully  since  my  return 
home.  The  water  situation  ie  unquestionably  bad;  at  the  seme  time, 
you  must  recall  that  your  original  estimate  of  the  water  required 
was  entirely  too  low.  There  have  been  very  few  days  on  which  we 
hove  not  furnished  your  plant  with  250,000  gallons  of  water,  but 
this  will  not  fill  the  bill  and  we  have, gone  to  very  °oneideroble 
expense  in  the  matter  of  pipe  lines,  pumps,  etc.,  to  supply 
the  necessary  water.  1  am  giving  thie  matter  my  personal  attention 
end  I  feel  quite  sure  that  we  can  better  conditions  at  an  early  dote. 

I  have  also  taken  up  the  question  of  gee  analysis.  I 
think  we  can  improve  this  too,  but  you  must  not  regard  the  Hoppers 
people  os  being  infallible.  They  are  very  good  frienda  of  oure  end 
our  business  dealings  with  them  as  a  whole  have  been  very  »aU sf ec- 
tory;  at  the  same  time,  the  Hoppers  people  failed  to  comply  witn 
oertain  provisions  of  thair  contract  and  they  have  fallen  far  short 
in  their  estimate  of  amnonium  sulphate.  They  make  mistakes  bb 
well  ss  the  reat  of  us  and  it  seems  to  me  entirely  possible  that  they 
have  overestimated  the  amount  of  toluol  in  our  gas.  I 
that  I  will  do  everything  1  personally  can  to  help  this  situation 
out  also. 

I  want  to  take  oooasion  to  thank  you  for  the  very  pleasant 
afternoon  spent  at  your  works  in  orange  and  to  say  toyouthatwe 
look  forward  to  your  prospective  visit  to  Woodward  with  great  pleasure. 

With  kindest  regards,  I  am, 

Yours  truly, 



Mr.  W.  H.  Meadowordft, 

Edison  Laboratory, 

Orange,  II. J 

Hew  York,  October  1,  1915. 


Dear  Mr.  Meadoworoft:  ^-0^'  -s 

Will  you  ask  Mr.  Edison  if  he  is  in  a  position  to^gjlow  the 
use  of  his  synthetic  carbolic  acid  process  in  England.  My  representative 
Mr.  Arthur  H.  Lymn,  a  distinguished  chemical  and  gas  engineer  would  like  to 
arrange  to  handle  it  over  there.  I  shall  bo  glad  if  you  will  let  me  know 
this  At  your  earliest  opportunity. 

With  kindest  regards,  I  am. 


October  1,  1915, 


Thomas  A.  Edison,  Inc., 

Orange,  N.  J. 

Gentlemen:  — 

OUR  FIRE  "FLM".  I  am  in  the  market  for  a  oarload  of 
Flaked  or  Crushed  Napthalene,  for  delivery  at  Gibbstown,  N.  J, 
by  the  34th  of  this’  month. 

Kindly  quote  me  your  lowest  price  on  same. 

Yours  very  truly. 

A^r  faWS  bnu  d~*+***~ 
one.  i*r*3< 

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o^cL*  . 


Oot.  End.  1915. 

i!r.  C.  W.  Markus,  purohaBing  Agent, 

Eastman  Kodak'  Company, 

Rochester,  H.  Y. 

Dear  Sir: 

I  reoeived  your  telegram  and  also  your  letter  of  the 
30th  ultimo  in  regard  to  Carbolio  Acid  Crystals. 

In  reply  I  beg  to  bay  that  we  can  let  you  have  one 
drum  per  week  as  long  as  we  can  spare  it.  If  it  possible  to 
let  you  have  more  we  will  gladly  do  so.  Che  prioe  will  be  $1.00 
per  pound  F.  0.  B.  Silver  lake,  H.  J. ,  drums  extra  to  be  credited 
if  returned  within  sixty  days  in  good  conditions, freight  prepaid. 
You  may  roly  on  our  doing  the  best  that  we  possibly 

Yours  very  truly. 

Assistant  to  Mr.  EdiBon. 

Mr.  E.  W.  Clarke,  Chief  Engineer, 
Cambria  Steel  Company, 
Johnstown,  Pa. 

Oot.  4th.  .1915. 

My  dear  Mr.  Clarke: 

We  are  forwarding  you  herewith  two  blue  prints 
A-6022  which  show  the  proposed  naphthaline  Sublimer.  My  estimates 
are  that  thiB  arrangement  Bhould  make  about  300  pounds  of  flake  white 
naphthaline  per  day.  Possibly  in  the  winter  it  will  do  still  more. 

This  iB  to  confirm  my  tentative  understanding  with  you|that  the 
Cambria  Steel  Company  will  ereot  this  and  we  are.  to  have  the  privilege 
of  using  it  in  conjunction  with  you  in  subliming  our  Naphthaline. 

We  have  made  a  lot  of  inquiries  as  to  market  for  . 
naphthaline  and  would  suggest  that  you  take  it  up  with  the  American 
Oil  &  Supply  Company,  52  Lafayette  Street,  Hewark,  H.  J.  I  presume 
that  you  will  get  about  12j{  per  pound  for  the  flake. 

As  this  apparatus  is  comparatively  inexpensive 
the  naphthaline  will  bring  in  quite  a  little  inoome. 

The  method  of  operating  is  to  charge  the  pan  near¬ 
ly  full  of  your  orude,  turn  steam  into  the  coils  whioh  will  melt  this 
and  cause  it  to  vaporise  and  $low  over  into  the  corrugated  iron  build¬ 
ing  where  it  is  chilled  by  a  radiation  of  the  iron  and  crystallizes 
as  flakes  an  the  roof,  walls  and  floor.  This  is  then  barrelled  in 
'  ordinary  barrels  and  ready  for  shipment.  At  least  that  is  the  way  we 
are  handling  it  at  our  other  plant. 

Yours  very  truly. 

Oot.  4th.  1915. 

Mitsui  &  Company,  limited, 

.25  Madia on  Avenue, 

Hew  York  City.  Attention  of  Mr.  Shanzo  Takaki. 

Bear  Sir: 

Your  favor  of  the  30th  ultimo  for  attention  of  Mr.  Miller 
was  handed  hjr  me  to  Mr.  Edison,  who  requests  mo  to  call  your  atten¬ 
tion  to  the  faot  that  the  bill  for  $8,864.82  is  largely  made  up  of 
freight  bills.  You  will  notice  ‘.hat  we  have  put  in  an  extra  still 
to  increase  the  output. 

Mr.  Edison  is  afraid  that  you  have  misunderstood  him  to 
guarantee  that  the  construction  expense  would  not  exceed  §58,000.00, 
but  when  he  stated  that  the  plant  would  cost  about  §58,000.00,  it 
was  not  hiB  intention  to  guarantee  that  it  should  not  exoeed  that 
sum.  You  will  remember  that  at  the  time  he  expressed  himself  as 
being  uncertain  as  to  the  exact  cost  of  construction,  and  intended 
that  the  §50,000.00  should  be  the  expression  of  an  approximate 

You  will  kindly  bear  in  mind  that  the  extra  still  wbb 
put  in  to  inoreose  the  production. 

Yours  very,  truly. 

Assistant  to  Mr.  Edison. 


louis  CMEMJCAUS  FOR  N£DIClHAt, PHOTOGRAPHIC,  malunckroot  Bu'lLOINO. 

AWAtmCAt  AMO  TECHNICAL  PURPOSES.  cable  »doress"desabrioo“nsw 


Hew  York,  Oct.  6,  1915, 

Mr.  W .  H .  Meadoweroft, 
Edison  Laboratory , 

:  orange,  N. J* 

During  the  Chemical  expos 
Palace,  you  witnessed  a  denonstri 
Bureau  of  Mines  booth  and  we  senl 
days  ago. 

Why  not  get  those  of  your  company  together  who  ove 

interested^n  mechanical  respiration,  and  let  us  demonstrate 

to  them  at  their  convenience? 

•  Procrastination  is  the  thief  of.  life. 

'  Don’t'  assume  that  because  you.  have  never  had  a  case 
of  asphyxiation  >  tiiat  you  may  never  have  one . 

'  If  you  are:  equipped- with  "the  Lungmotor  you  wiil  be 

enabled  to"  cope  with  any  enuuergency  of  this  kind  successfully. 
Some  advantages  of , the  Lungmotor  are: 

1st  -  Protection  to  your  employes.  -  .  ■ 

2nd  -  Satisfaction  that  you  have  done  all  in  your 
power  to  conserve  the  lives  of  those  in  your  employ. 

3rd  -  You  will  incurr  less  expense  for  loos  ot  me- 
One  life  saved  means  that  you  have  save.d  your  company  more  than 
three  thousand  .dollars. ' 

,  There  are  many  other,  reasons,  why  you.  should,  have 
Lunsnotors,  which  we  will  be  pleased  to  tell  you  about,  should 

'•  ’  you  grant  us  permission  to- demonstrate .  • 

^  Let”  us  hear  from  you  regarding  a  demonstration. / 

,  -  .  "Yours-. very,  truly,  :  ' 

.  .  litf.  ^nj^EEViciiS  company. 

12  NY  H  79  NL  y  0 






'  C  H  OPDYKE  V 


"Woodward  Iron  Compantt 
Woodwam),  Alabama. 

Mr.  Thomas  A.  Edison, 

Orange,  N.  J. 

Dear  Mr.  Edison: 

I  have  been  giving  the  benzol  propoeition  a  good  deal  of 
personal  attention  lately  end  I  have  come  to  the  conclusion  thert 
there  is  something  radioelly  wcng  at  this  plant  that  we  do  not  know 
anything  about.  The  water  situation  has  been  very  much  improved  over 
what  it  waa  last  summer  end  yet  your  plant  is  not  making  as  much  benzol 
as  it  was  before.  On  yesterday  the  water  conditions  were  perfect  in 
that  there  was  an  ample  supply  and  none  of  it  ran  higher  in  temperature 
than  68  degrees  Fahrenheit,  but  your  plant  produced  only  1,600  gallons. 

I  find  that  there  is  a  great  difference  in  the  specifio  grav¬ 
ity  of  your  strow  oil  Bnd  the  newer  straw  oil  in  our  tanks.  In  addi¬ 
tion  to  that,  there  has  been  no  analysis  of  the  return  gas  since  the 
5th  of  September. 

Would  it  not  be  possible  for  you  to  send  someone  down  here 
who  oould  go  into  these  matters  thoroughly  and  find  out  Just  what  the 
trouble  isj 

Awaiting  your  reply,  I  am, 

Yours  truly, 



(<Ss$?skM/  €&amam*  Commmw 

"as  BROAD  STI 

OotobernYth, 1915 

S}  OOtODern'M 

JjO  !%>r 

Mr.Win.F.  Hoffmann , 

52  Hafayette  St.f 
Hewark.M. J. 

Hear  Mr. Hoffmann: - 

Enclosed  please  find  letter  fA»m  my  ^  *&.■***# 

friend  Prof .H.P. Talbot,  with  copy  of  my  reply .When  | 

at  the  Chemical  Exposition  I  introduced  Prof. Talhot 
to  Mrs  .Edison,  when  she  told  him  that  fhe  J[*as  6°ing 
to  Bend  her  boy  or  boys  to  the  Institute  the  coming 
winter.  Will  you  not  kindly  take  the  matter  up  with 
her  or  Mr.Meadowcroft  and  see  that  Talbot  gets  the 
give  gallons  of  Aniline  Oil, charging  whatever  is  right 
therefor.  Please  lot  me  know  what  the  outcome  of  this, 
as  I  value  Talbot  highly  and  want  to  help  him  out. 

Yours  very  truly. 




October  6,  1915. 

Mr.  I.  J.  Parker, 

25  Broad  St., 

' New  York,  N.  Y. 

My  dear  Mr.  Parker: 

We  are  having  considerable  difficulty  in  getting 
aniline  for  use  in  connection  with  our  instruotional  work 
in  the  laboratories.  We  have  been  obliged  to  make  certain 
changes  in  the  materials  used  on  account  of  the  prevailing 
conditions,  and  had  hoped  to  substitute  aniline  for  some 
other  organio  chemicals,  but  so  far  we  have  not  succeeded 
in  getting  what  we  desire.  We  have  been  informed  that 

possibly  the  General  Chemical  Company  could  help  us  out  by 
letting  us  purchase  five  gallons.  I  venture  to  trouble 

you  regarding  this  matter,  rather  than  to  write  directly 


to  the  sales  department,  as  the  amount  is  so  small/I  suppose 
they  would  hardly  care  to  bother  with  it. 

It  will  be  a  real  kindness  to  us  if  this  can  be 
arranged,  and  I  shall  appreciate  greatly  any  attention  that 
you  may  give  to  it. 

Very  truly  yours, 


October  7th, 1915 

Prof.  H.P. Talbot, 

Bept.  of  Chemistry  &  Chemloal  Engineering, 
Massachusetts  Institute  of  Technology, 
Boston,  Mass. 

My  dear  Prof.  Talbot: - 

I  have  your  letter  of  the  6th 
inst.  with  referenoe  to  Aniline  .  In  reply  I  want  to 
tell  you  that  while  we  are  large  manufacture rs  of  the 
produot  wo  oennot  turn  out  enoughto  fill  our  oontracts, 
and  we  therefore  do  not  want  to  sell  even  as  Bmall  a 
quantity  as  five  gallons,  much, as  I  would  like  to  help 
you  out.  However,  I  will  see  that  you  get  the  five 
gallons,  as  our  mutual  friend,  Ur. Thomas  A. Edison, 1b 
manufacturing  the  produot  and  I  will  interest -Urs.EdiBon 
in  seeing  that  you  obtain  it,  as  you  no  doubt  will 
have  hor  boys  with  you  during  this  winter  or  there¬ 

let  me  say  that  in  oommeroe  the 
produot  is  known  as  Aniline  Oil,  and  dealers  would  not 
know  what  you  mean  by  Aniline. 

With  kindest  regards  and  asking 
you  to  call  on  me  at  any  time  I  oan  be  of  any  assist¬ 
ance,  I  am. 

Yours  very  truly. 

o  o  Mr. 3?F. Hoffmann 

Oot.  8th.  1915 

Dr.  Charles  Baskerville, 

140th  Street  and  Convent  Avenue, 

Hew  York  City. 

Dear  Dr.  Baskerville : 

Your  favor  of  the  1st  instant 
was  reoeived,  and  I  showed  it  to  Hr.  Edison. 

He  says  he  would  not  care  to  allow  the  use  of 
his  Synthetic  Carbolic  Aoid  process  in  England, 
as  any  suah  arrangement  would  add  to  his  personal 
burden,  whloh  are  already  too  large. 

With  kind  regards,  I  remain. 

Yours  very  truly. 

Oct.  Oth.  1915. 

Your .Files  "FLM" . 


F.  LaMotte,  Asst.  Pur oha Bing  Agent, 
2.  I..  Dupont  ae  Nemours  &  Gorapnny, 
•.Vilmington,  Dal. 

Door  Sir: 

Replying  to  your  favor  of  the 
first  instant,  Mr.  iidiaon  requoets  us  to 
say  that  we  have  sola  our  Naphthaline 
from  one  of  our  Plants  to  the  American 
Oil  a  Supply  Company,  Newark,  H.  J.;  also 
that  we  are  erecting  a  refining  plant  at 
another  works,  hut  at  present  cannot  state 

quantity  or  price. 

Yours  very  truly, 

Edison  Laboratory. 

Jot.  8th.  1915. 

2he  David  Kaufman  &  Sons  Co., 

Port  Avenue,  Seoond  and  Third  StB., 
Elizabethport,  H.  J. 


Beferring  to  your  favor  of  the 
27th  ultimo  to  Ur.  Opdylce ,  I  presume  it  is 
now  understood  that  the  first  sixty  (60) 
tons  per  month  of  Iron  Borings  that  you  de¬ 
livered  are  to .he  charged  at  $15.00,  and 
the  other  forty  (40)  tons^por  month  at 

We  trust  that  this  arrangement  is 

all  right. 

your 8  very  truly. 

Uct.  Oth.  1915. 

Munster,  Simms  &  Company,  ltd., 
7  Albert  Sauare, 

Belfast,  Ireland. 


I  am  in  receipt  of  your  favor  of  the  18th  ultimo  in  re¬ 
gard  to  Benzol. 

In  reply  lot  me  say  that  we  are  using  in  our  own  manu¬ 
facturers  all  the  Benzol  that  we  produce,  bo Bides  a  considerable 
quantity  that  we  purchase  in  addition.  The  prevailing  prioe  at 
the  present  tine  on  yearly  contracts  is  60  to  65  cents  per  United 
States  gallon, 'which  seems  a  very  high  price  for  a  motor  fuel. 
There  are  so  many  new  plants  coming  into  operation  shortly,  that 
in  my  opinion  Benzol  will  soon  come  down  in  prioe. 

The  Dominion  Iron  £  Steel  Company  of  Sydney,  Nova  Sootia 
is  produoing  Benzol,  and  I  would  suggest  that  you  make  inquiries 
of  them.  The  United  States  Steol  Corporation  inthe  United  States 
of  Ainerioa  will  soon  be  producing  large  quantities.  Their  Agent 
is  the  Barrett  Manufacturing  Company  of  now  York  City. 

Recently  two  inventors  have  brought  out  pro oeB sob  for 
oraokinr:  heavy  crude  Betroleum  into  high  grade  gasoline.  One  of 
these  is  the  Eittman  process,  about  which  you  may  have  read  in 
the  newspapers.  You  oan  probably  obtain  information  about  thiB 
from  the'  Seoretary  of  the  American  Chemical  Society,  48  V/ost 
29th  Street,  New  York  City.  I  und er stand  the  investment  required 
is  small. 

Yours  very  trujty. 

Oct,  Oth.  1915. 

Mr.  A.  H.  Woodward,  Chairman, 

Woodward  iron  Company, 

Woodward,  Ala. 

My  dear  Mr.  Woodward: 

I  received  your  favor,  which 
has  been  read  with  much  interest.  We  know 
you  are  doing  the  host  you  can,  hut  I  could 
not  refrain  fro-n  passing  on  to  you  a  little 
worry,  as  i  am  loaded  up  to  the  mu?. ale  with 
it  hy  other  interested  parties. 

Thanks  for  your  letter. 

Yours  vary  truly, 



truer  ,izt\  October  3,  A916 

Laboratory  of  Thomas  A.  Edison, 

Orange,  New  Jersey. 

Gentlemen:  attention,  of  wm.  H.  lleadoworoft. 

-Referring  to  the  matter  of  the  reappraisement  of  Benzol 
shipped  by  the  Dominion  Iron  &  Steel  Co.  for  account  of  -Thomas  A. 
Edison,  which  shipment:  was  advanced  in  value  upon  entry,  we  beg 
to  advise,  you  that  we  have  been  vain*  trying  to  secure  a  reply 
from  Mr.  McNaughton  of  the  Dominion  Iron  &  Steel  Co.  to  a  letter 
which  we  addressed'  to  Won  September  Bth,  a  oopy  of  which  we 

enclose  "herewith,  ~ 

Will  you  not  use  your  influence  with  the  Dominion  Iron 
*  Steel  Co.  to  secure  their  co-operation  in  this  matter,  as  it 
appears  that  we.  have  about  exhausted  our  efforts  in  this  re- 


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12  Broadway, 

Hew  York  City. 


I  am  in  receipt  of  your  favor  of  the  eighth  instant, 
whioh  I  have  shown  to  Mr.  Edison.  We  have  telegraphed  to  Hr. 
Plummer,  the  president  of  the  Dominion  iron  &  Steel  Company  ask¬ 
ing  him  to  instruot  his  people  to  reply  to  your  letter  of  Sept. 

8th.  I  trust  that  this  matter  will  reoeive  attention. 

Mr,  Edison  thinks  that  the  Dominion  people  do  npt  want 
to  answer.'  If  it  were  a  Canadian  Custom  Houso  matter,  they  would 
he  compelled  to  answey,  but  in  this  case  they  are  hot,  and  prob¬ 
ably  they  would  be  only  too  well, pleased  if  they  were  forcibly 
stopped  from  shipping-Benzol  to  him,  Mr.  Edison  is  the  only  one 
to  suffer  as  he  bought  the  Benzol  at  a  low  price.  The  present 
price  is  from  fifty  to  sixty  cents  and  the  Dominion  Company  oould 
probably  sell  it  in  Canada  at  fifty  cents.  Therefore,  if  our 
Custom  .House  holds  up  shipments,  the  Dominion  Company  is  enabled 

to  get  twice  as;  muoh  for  their  Benzol,  that  is  to  say,  fifty  cents 
•  '  •  ’ 
instead  of  twenty-five  cents. 

Yours  very  truly, 

Assistant  to  Mr.  Edison. 

Tiie  Cleveland  -  cuffs  Iron  c><>. 

i.anh.oiiio.  Oct.  9,  1915a.-''  ^ 



We  thank  you  for  your  kind  favor  of  the  7th  instant  giving 
list  of  products  in  our  line  used  in  your  laboratories  and  works. 

One  of  the  items  mentioned  I  note  is  Denatured  Alcohol  which 
we  do  not  manufacture  or  handle.  You  will  note  by  referring  again 
to  the  list  shown  on  the  upper  right  hand  corner  of  this  letterhead 
that  our  produot  is  Denaturing  Alcohol,  used  by  the  various  manu¬ 
facturers  of  Ethyl  Alcohol  as  a  denaturant. 

We  shall  be  interested  in  hearing  further  from  you  as  soon 
as  you  have  the  information  available  as  to  quantities  of  the  other 
products  you  purchase  yearly.  In  advising  regarding  Acetic  And 
Sulphuric  Acid  please  state  grades  required. 

Very  truly  yours, 


OWT Sales  Manager-Chemical  Dept, 

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Oot.  11th.  1916. 

Mr.  John  J.  Caine, 

1413  North  American.  Bldg., 

Philadelphia.,  Pa. 

Dear  Sir: 

Referring  to  your  favor  of  the 
second  instant,  X  would  say  that  we  use 
large  quantities  of  oast  iron  borings. 

They  are  very  fine,  almost  like  coarse  fil¬ 
ings.  If  your’ s  are  suoh,  I  should  be  glad 
to  have  a  Bample.  Please  Bend  it  to  my 
Assistant,  Mr.  TT.  H.  Meadoworoft,  at  this 
address.  I  should  be  glad  to  have  you  name 
a  price,  P.  0.  B.  Silver  Lake,  N.  J.  on  the 
basis  of  100  tons  a  month. 

Tours  very  truly, 

Oot-  Xlth.  1915 

Mallinakrodt  Chomioal  Works, 

St.  Louis,  Mo. 


I  ora  In  receipt  of  your  favor 
of  tho  fifth  instant  in  regard  to  Aootanilia. 
1  would  Bay  in  reply  that  we  do  not  like  to 
manufacture  this  material  as  we  have  great 
difficulty  in  getting  (Jlaoial  Acetic  Acid, 
and  arc  afraid  to  enter  into  a.fjontraot  for 
next  year.  Are  you  in  position  to  supply 
Glaoial  Acetic  Acid  for  next  year,  aril  if  so 
at  what  price. 

Yours  very  truly, 

October  llth-1915 

Mr .Meadoworof t  suoject  Re-Cost  of  Products. 

Mr .Thomas  A.  Edison, 

Orange,  II.  J. 

Dear  Sir:- 

Following  shows  cost  of  our  products  in  addi¬ 
tion  to  those  given  in  our  letter  of  Sept.  50th- 

Hiokel  Sul-  Hi  Cobalt  Sul-  Cobalt 

phate  Crystals  Hydrate  phate  Crystals  Hydrate 

Raw  Material  .08285  .2554  .45096  1.15483 

Direct  labor  .00470  .0101  '  .00470  .01010 

Mfg .Expense  .004578  .0415  .003642’  .04150 

Overhead  Expense  .015964  .0383  .014213  .03830 

Total  Cost  .106092  .3453  .473515  1.24473 

Profit  20$  .021218  .0691  .094705  .24895 

Selling  Value  §'.12731  74154  .56822  '  '  1.49368 

These  prices  do  not  include  packing  and  shipping. 
Very  truly  yours, 



P.S.  These  costs  for  cobalt  compounds  are  based  oh  labor.  ooBt  for 
niokel  hydrate. 


Dear  Sir: 

thank  you  for  your  furor  of  dot.  8th,  -  «r.  oorry  to  „o«  that 
you  cannot  offer  u.  Ahll.ISE  OIL  over  the  entlr.  year  1018.  «.  could  u.o 

the  quantity  oo  apeclfled,  hut  note  thot  oe  cannot  obtain  It.  No.,  ho.  .uoh 
con  .o  get  in  equal  .onthly  qu.utltloo  orer  nett  yearl 

cannot  pay  «<*  per  pound,  thi.  1.  the  .oiling  price  of  e,ery-  ^ 
body,  and  ..  have  to  poke  ...ethlng  on  the  tron.aotlon.  »  can  pay  M*. 
or  oven  per  pound  for  It,  your  ter..,  hut  .0  can't  give  «*.  *»  ^ 

can  give  u.  a  chance  to  oak.  a  living  on  the  tron.octlon,  .0  .111  ho  glad  to 
take  .hatovor  quantity  you  can  glv.  u.  In  regular  .onthly  dellv.rle.  over  ( 

_  , — i  ,  \  - 

next  year/0>CMk>* — 

Awaiting  your  valued  reply,,  we  remain. 

"Woodward  Iron  Company 
A  Vo  onwAJtD ,  Alabama. 

o  4^ 

October  12,  1915* 


Mr.  Thomas  A. 

Orange,  N.  J. 

My  dear  Mr.  Edison: 

I  have  your  letter  of  October  8th, 

I  assure  you  that  I  wish  it  was  possible  to  take  on  my 
shoulders  all  the  worry  your  Woodward  plant  is  giving  you,  but  I 
know  nothing  about  the  benzol  business. 

You  are  getting  on  ample  supply  of  water  running  under 
68  degrees,  but  your  plant  is  not  turning  out  the  stuff.  1  hope 
you  can  send  someone  down  here  who  can  teach  us  this  business, 
end  if  you  can,  I  do  not  think  we  will  worry  you  a  great  deal  in 
the  future. 

Thanking  you  for  your  letter,  and  with  best  wishes,  I  am, 
Yours  truly, 




East  Orange,  N.  J. 

Gentlemen; - 

We  are  in  need  of  a  supply  of  Carbolic  Aoid  Crystals  for  ubs  in 

this  Hospital  hut  find  same  difficult  to  obtain  at  this  time  and  there- 
-fore  write  to  inquire  if  you  oan  now  or  in  the  near  future  furnish  us 
with  the  ah owe. 

Our  requirements  of  Carbolic  Aoid  are  ahout—Efve  (5)_lbB.  per 
week,  and  are  for  purely  medical  use, {'that  is  not  commercial^ 

We  would  like  to  have  your  price  on  Fif£y  (50)  lbs.  of  this  drug 
delivered  E.  0.  B.  N.  J.  State  Hospital./Trenton,  N.  J. 

Anything  that  you  oan  do  to  assis^us  in  obtaining  a  rejjhlar  sup- 
-ply  of  the  foregoing  at  as  low  a/sost  as  possible  will  be  very  much 


Warden*  «  <s*  A 


Cambria.  Steel  Company 


JoHNSTOWN.PA.  Oct.  13,1915. 

Hr.  W.  H.  Mason, 

laboratory  of  Thomas  A.  Edison, 

Orange,  N.  J. 

Dear  Sir:- 

Pardon  my  delay  in  acknowledging  your  letter  of 
October  4th  forwarding  blue  prints  showing  proposed  Naphthaline  Sub- 
limer.  We  have  not  yet  erected  this  apparatus  but  doubtless  will  soon 
do  so, and  will  give  you  the  privilege  of  using  it  in  conjunction  with 
our  own  operation. 

Please  accept  my  thanks  for  this  information. 

Very  truly  yours. 


Chief  Engineer. 

V/e  have  your  kind  favor  ,of  the  8th 
inst.,  and  note  cauBe  of  delay  In  replying  to 
our  inquiry  for  Naphthalene . 

We  onoe  more  ask  you  to  refer  to 
our  letter  of  September  11th,  with  reference 
to  our  charge  against  you  of  $131.43.  Of  this 
amount  you  have  already  credited  us  £30.00 
for  the  drums,  hut  you  have  not  credited,  us 
with  the  material  returned,  and  which  amounts 
to  $89.43. 

As  previously  advised  we  do  not  want 
to  make  this  deduction  without  your  authority, 
although  it  seems  perfectly  in  order  to  us  to 
charge  you  for  the  value  of  Phenol  we  returned 
to  you. 

We  would  kindly  once  more  request 
that  you  advise  us  regarding  this,  to  enable 
us  to  balance  your  account. 


Arthur  H.  Lymn. 


Sanctuary  House,  < 

I  Jr.  Thomas  A.  Edison, 


Hear  Sir, 


London,  s.vr. 


S.  A. 




A^sf  ts~ 

re  SYHTHETIO  PilSICTH;  ~  a 

--any  thanks  for  your  letter  of  the  28th. 

Apparently  1  have  been  under  impression 

about  this  matter,  having  keen  informed  when  in  Aisfefica  that  you  were 
operating  a  special  process  of  your  own  which  required  a  considerable 
amount  of  power;  I  gather'  from  your  letter  however,  that  this  is  not 
the  case,,  and  that  you  are  working  on  the  well  known  process  whioh  in¬ 
volves  the  sulphonat ion  of  the  Benzol,  conversion  into  Calcium  Salts 
and  then  into  the  Sodium  Salt  with  a  later  Caustic  fusion  of  the  Sodium 
Salt  and  the  liberation  of  the  Phenol  by  acidulation. 

Of  course  this  process  has  been  in  operation  in  Germany  for 
considerable  time,  but  X  do  not  know  where  it  is  working  in  England. 
This  however  is  not  surprising  since  it  is  difficult  to  keep  track  of 
the  large  amount  of  new  plant  of  one  kind  and  another  built  during  the 
last  year.  Could  you  therefore  kindly  tell  me  the  name  of  the  firm 
v/ho  are  operating  this  process  here  ? 

Thanking  you  beforehand. 


(Enlara,  (Eljpmtrala,  (Ma  an&  fflitu'ral  f  rniutrta 

99  John  and  11-18  Cliff  Streets 


NEW  YORI£0/15/15 

fhomas  A.  Edison,  Esq., 

Orange,  I!.J. 

hear  °ir;- 

The  Firestone  l'ire  &  Eubher  Co.  of  Akron,  Ohio 
are  complaining  bitterly  about  not  receiving  sufficient 
Aniline  Oil  against  contract  to  meet  their  requirements. 

While  I  understood  with  the  additional  reduction 
pot  you  installed  and  had  in  operation  by  the  first,  you  would 
be  able  to  make  a  satisfactory  showing  in  the  way  of  catching 
up  on  bock  deliveries,  I  do- not  notice  any  improvement  in 
shipments  to  Firestone,  and  in  order  to  plan  the  proper 
operation  of  the  department  ih  which  this  material  is  used 
they  insist  upon  knowing  approximately  how  many  drums  per 
week  you  oan  ship  to  them  from  now  on  until  the  completion 
of  their  contract. 

Please  let  me  have  this  information  the  earliest 
possible  moment  so  I  oan  answer  the  Firestone  Co's  inquiry. 

Please  note, according  to  orders  you  accepted  from 
me  for  Aniline  Oil  and  schedule  of  deliveries  furnished  you 
v/ere  to  ship  to  me  here  11  drums  as  per  my  -letter  of 
July  2nd,  on  account  of  which  you  have  only  thus  far  sent  me 
5  large  and  one  small  drum. 

At  this  writing,  I  am  in  urgent  want  of  one 
drum  to  oomnlote  shipment  on  steamer  leaving  here  next _ 

(Enlnra,  Qlljmtrala,  ©tla  attii  mineral  frohtris 

99  John  anh  11-18  Cljfp  Streets 


Wednesday  and  would  ask  you  please  to  arrange  with  your 
Aniline  plaint  to  ship  this  drum  tomorrow  or  not  later  than 
Uonday  morning  so  that  I  will  receive  same  on  (Tuesday 
in  time  to  deliver  to  steamer  on  that  date. 

Trusting  you  will  comply  with  this  request, 
and  awaiting  your  advicesj^irestone  business,  I  am 
S?  re .^igc): fsa-ly.,^ 


Mr.  A.  M.  Kennedy, 

Orange,  H.J 
Doar  Mr.  Kennedy: 

Your  letter  of  the  9th  to  Miss 
Qlara  has  just  been  shown  us.  We  will 
appreciate  it  if  yon  will  secure  for  us  at 
once  a  drum  of  Carbolic  Acid,  Crystals,  and 
ship  promptly.  If  you  con  possibly  get  us  a 
price  of  *1.00,  wo  of  course  will  appreciate 
it.  Our  stock  of  Carbolic  Acid  is  running  low, 
in  fact,  about  exhausted.  We  therefore  trust 
that  you  can  get  the  shipment  out  promptly. 

We  are  today  writing  the  liberty 
Motional  Bank  of  Hew  York  to  honor  draft  to 
cover  the  purchase.  He  suppose  you  give  1  $ 

for  cash. 

With  best  wishes,  beg  to  remain, 

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Oot  olier  18th,  1915. 

She  Cl eveland-Clif  f  s  Iron  Co., 
11th  floor  Roofcefeller  Blag. , 
Cleveland,  Ohio. 


Eeferring  to  our  reoent  correspondence, 
I  heg  to  say  that  our  consumption  per  year  is  about 

as  follows: 

269,700  lbs.  Formaldehyde 
31,200  "  Hexamethylenamine 

6o, 000  "  Glaoial  Aoetio  Aoid  t 

meats  increasing. 

a  require- 


Yours  very  truly, 


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©  20000 


Ootober  18th,  1915. 

Mr.  Opdyke: 

Will  you  please  ship  to  Prof.  H.  P. 
Talhot,  Department  of  Chemistry  and  Chemical 
Engineering,  Massaohnsetts  Institute  of  Teohnology, 
Boston,  Mass,  forty  (40)  pounds  of  Analine  Oil? 
Please  see  that  this  is  of  good  quality  ana  send  it 
express  prepaid. 

Mr.  Edison  is  presenting  this  to  Prof. 
Talbot,  so  I  presume  you  will  have  to  oharge  it  at 
oost  to  Mr.  Edison. 

W.  H.  Meadoworoft. 

Ootober  18th.  1915. 

Mr.  Burton j 

We  had  a  dispute  with  the  Monsanto  people  about  their 
charging  us  baok  with  oost  of  redistillation  and  for  residue  which 
they  shipped  baok  to  ua.  This  matter  has  been  standing  for  some¬ 
time.  We  exchanged  a  lot  of  telegramB  with  the  Monsanto  people, 
and  finally  arrived  at  a  decision  that  we  would  not  allow  any 
further  charges  of  this  kind. 

Inasmuch,  however,  as  the  transactions  covered  by  the 
•debit  memorandum  enclosed,  wore  long  previous  to  our  dispute,  Mr, 
Edison  has  deoided  to  allow  them  to  deduct  $89.43  from  their  next 
remittance,  and  I  have  written  them  accordingly.  Please  see  car¬ 
bon  copy  letter  attached. 

Please  return  this  correspondence  after  reading.  You 
can  detach  the  attached  memoranda  and  keep  copies  if  you  want  to. 


Oatober  18th,  1915. 

Dr.  T.  J.  Barker, 

$  The  General  Chemioal  Co. , 

25  Broad  Street, 

Dow  York. 

Dear  Hr.  Barker: 

A  few  days  ago  Mr.  Hoffmann  handed  me 
a  letter  written  by  you  to  him  under  date  of  the  7th 
instant,  enclosing  letter  from  Brof.  H.  B.  falbot 
with  copy  of  your  reply.  X  showed  these  to  Mr. 
Edison,  and  he  has  asked  me  to  send  forty  poundB  of 
Analine  Oil  to  Brof.  Talbot  with  his  oompliments.  We 
have  been  so  fearfully  busy  that  I  have  only  Just  had 
time  to  attend  to  thiB,  and  I  have  given  instructions 
to  the  faotory  to  ship  the  Analine  Oil  to  Brof.  Talbot 
right  away.  Enclosed  you  will  please  find  oopy  of 
the  letter  I  have  written  to 

I  know  Mr.  Edison  is  very  glad  indeed  to 

help  out  any  friend  of  yours. 

Yours  vory  truly. 

Assistant  to  Mr.  Edison. 


Oot,  18th:  1915 

Geisenheimer  &  Company, 

130  Cedar  Street, 

Hew  York  City. 

Gentlemen : 

Referring  to  your  favor  of  the  11th  instant,  we  beg 
to  say  that  we  oannot  make  you  a  lower  quotation  than  sixty 
•  oents  for  Aniline  Oil  for  next  year.  We  oan  allow  you  1$ 
brokerage  on  this  prioe,  but  that  is  as  far  as  |a  oan  go. 

As  matters  stand  now  we  oould  not  begin  deliveries 
before  Maroh  first,  and  at  this  present  writing  oould  offer 
you  from  five  to  ten  thousand  pounds  per  month  for  ten  months, 
beginning  Maroh  1st  and  ending  Deoember  3lBt,  1916.  It  must 
be  understood  that  this  quotation  1b  made  subject  to  prior  sale. 

Yours  very  truly, 

Edison  laboratory. 

Oat.  18th.  1915. 

Monsanto  Chemloal  WorkB,  . 

St.  Louis,  Mo. 


Wo  must  ask  your  kind  indulgence  for  the  long  delay  in 
reply  to  your  favor  of  September  11th  in  regard  to  the  charges 
which  you  made  against  us  on  come  early  shipments  of  Carbolic. 

We  have  boon  simply  overwhelmed  with  n  rush  of  business  for  some 

weelspast,  .  and .have  allowed  many  matters  to  tiny  over. 

I  .talked  this  natter  over  with  MT.. Edison  before  he 
left  for  San  Sroncisoo,  a  few  days  ago.  He  said- that  he  was  will¬ 
ing  to  allow  the  oharge  for  the  material  returned  from  drums 
#60  and  65,  but  in -aooordanoe  with,  our  last  agreement  there  are 
to  bo  no  farther  olalme  of  this  kind  made  in  oonneotion  with  ship¬ 
ments  of  Phonol  later  than  thooe  covered  by  the  two  drums  ahovo 

According  to  your  favor  of  the  14th  instant,  the  net 
amount  now  in .question  is  $89.43,  and  you  now  have  our  authority 
to  deduct  this  amount  from  your  next  remittance. 

fours  very  truly. 

Assistant  to  Mr.  Edison, 

Oct.  -18th.  1915. 

Mr.  Samuel  T.  Atohley,  Warden, 

How  Jersey  State  Hospital, 

Trenton,  H.  J. 

Pear  Sir: 

yonr  favor  of  the  12th  instant 
Saa  handea  to  Hr*  Edison  before  ho  left 
for  3an  Francisco.  He  asked  me  to  reply  and 
say  to  you  that  he  appreciates  your  nooessities, 
and  takes  pleasure  in-  sending  you  twenty  (20) 
pounds  of  Carbolic  Acid  with  his  compliments. 

There  will  be  no  charge  for  thiB  package.  He 
also  wishes  me  to  say  that  he  has  made  arrange¬ 
ments  with  Squibba  and  Company  to  put  his  Car¬ 
bolic  up  in  their  regular  packages.  This .arrange¬ 
ment  will  go  into  effect  within  the  next  two  or 
three  weeks  ana  then  you  will  be  able  to  pro¬ 
cure  your  farther  supplies  from  them. 

Yours  very  truly. 

Assistant  to  Mr.  EdiBon. 

Octet)  or  18th,  1915. 

Messrs.  Merck  &  Company, 

45  Park  Plaoe, 

Hew  Tork. 


In  response  to  your  recent  re¬ 
quest  for  quotation  on  our  Cohalt  products,  wo  beg 
to  quote  you  as  follows: 

Sulpha t e  Cobalt  —  60  cents  par  lb. 

Hydrate  Cobalt  —§1.54  -per  lb. 

Hours  very  truly, 

Edison  Laboratory* 

_*r._iath, _ y/9/3^. 

Thos.  A.  Edison,  Ino.,  Attention:  Mr.  Meadowcroft. 

Orange,  N.  Y. 

Dear  Sirs:- 

He  M.E.  #195  -  Shipment  of  Phenol. 

' The  entire  quantity  which  has  been  shipped  so  far  is 
105,092  lbs.  which  is  about  100,000  lbs.  less  than  it  should  be 
in  accordance  with  our  contract. 

Suppose  we  get  28  drums  on  the  28th  of.  this  month  con¬ 
taining  26,040  lbe.  on  the  basis  of  2  drums  of  930  lbs.  every  work¬ 
ing  day  commencing  the  13th  of  October  and  allowing  1  day  for  your 
supplying  government  contract,  the  total  quantity  will  be  131,132 
lbe.  This  will  leave  the  balance  of  191,868  lbs.  The  remaining 
number  of  days  during  this  year  will  be  about  52,  therefore  in 
order  to  ship  the  remaining  quantity  during  the  rest  of  the  year 
we  have  to  ask  you  to  ship  about  3690  lbs.  per  working  day  after 
the  29th  of  this  month.  This  daily  quantity  is,  as  you  see,  about 
4  drums  and  we  would  request  you  to  be  kind  enough  to  look  over 
the  calculation  given  be}.ow  and  give  us  special  favor  to  enable  us 
to  fulfill  our  oontract  with  the  Japanese  Government : 

To  Thoa.  A.  Edison,  Inc.  -  10/18/15. 

Quantity  shipped  by  Oot.  13th 
38  Drums  on  October  38th  - 

53  days  0  3690  its.  per  day  - 








Thanking  you  in  advance  for  your  kind  attention  to 

the  above,  we  remain, 


Very  truly  yours. 

Mitsui  &  Company,  limited, 

25  Madison  Avenne, 

Hew  York  City. 

Oof,  19th.  19  IB. 

I  thinh  »«  tola  yon  a  .Ml.  ago  that  to  had  »U  the 
naphthaline  from  the  *>oa«ard  plant  to  the  American  oil  a  Snp- 
ply  Company.  So  are  Betti»s  a  very  S°o«-  P«°«  f°r  ll’ 

16  cento  per  pound.  It.eea  to  .all  .tout  3  ct.  per  ,o»a.  «• 

have  chipped  to  the  American  Oil  i  snpply  Company.  89  larrel.  of 
Bnblimea  Baphthaline.  oontainine  a  not  neieht  of  3,618  ponnae. 
you  can  no.  maho  ont  yon.  hill  apainat  America.  Oil  1  snpply  Com¬ 
pany  for  3.613  ponnae  at  16  cent,  p.r  ponna,  ae  th.  naphtha- 
line  las  been  delivered. 

Yours  very  truly. 

Assistant  to  Mr*  Edison. 

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October  19th, 1915. 

Mr .  W .  H .  Me  adoworof t , 

Asst  to  Mr. Thomas  A. Edison, 

Edison  Laboratory, 

Orange,  U.J. 

My  dear  Mr.Meadoworoft:- 

X  have  your  favor  of  the  18th 
inst.,  also  copy  of  your  letter  to  Prof.  Talbot  of 
the  Ma  ssachusetts  Institute  of  Technology.  I  note  there 
from  that  you  have  sent  Prof.  Talbot  40  lbs  of  Aniline 
Oil  complimentary.  In  writing  Mr. Hoffmann  as  I  did 
I  did  not  expect  that  you  would  send  the  Oil  without 
charge  •  I  simply  wished  in  the  first  place  to  get  him 
the  Aniline  Oil,  and  in  the  next  place  at  a  fair  price, 
having  in  view  the  fact  that  Prof  .Talbot  and  Dr. Walkers! 
both  of  the  Institute  in  conversation  with  Mrs.Edison 
promised  they  w>uld  be  very  glad  indeed  to  interest 
themselves  in  the  studies  of  her  boys  .  I  know  full 
well  that  Prof. Talbot  will  very  much  appreciate  the 
very  kind  gift  of  Mr .Edison. 

Yours  very  truly. 



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Oct.  20th.  1916. 

F.  K'i  Myers  &  Company, 

BouseB  Point,  H.  Y. 


Can  you  give  us  any  idea  when 
we  may  expect'  the  release  of  ear  Kli  620, 
containing  Benzol,  v.hieh  was  seized  hy 
the  'Government'  for  alleged  undervaluation. 

Yours  very  truly. 

Assistant  to’  Mr.  Edison. 

October  21st.  1916. 

Mr.  Edison: 

This  man  is  going ahead  pretty  fast.  Before  you  went 
away  we  found  that  the  lr/n  by  Hydrogen  did  not  meet  all  the  re¬ 
quirements  of  the  U.  Sy4.,  as  it  contained  too  much  Sulphur,  and 
you  told  John  V.  Miiyr  to  experiment  on  reducing  .the  Sulphur. 

I  called  him  up  on  the  telephone  this  morning,  and  he 
said  that  they  werb working  on  it  but  had  not  solved  the  problem 
yet.  I  called  up  Mr.  MaoKay  on  the  telephone  and  told  him  that 
we  could  not  m^ke  immediate  shipments,  as  we  were  working  out  the 
problem  of  making  the  material  meet  the  requirements  of  the  U.S.P. 
He  was-ver/ anxious. to  get  even  an  approximate  date  of  shipment, 
jut  I  to]/d  him  I  could  not  give  any. 

Don't  you  think  it  would  perhaps  be  a  good  idea  for  us 
;o  pu/up  our  prices?  ,You  told  me  to  quote  28  l/2  cents  for  Grade 
29  cents  for  Grade  B.  You  made  a  prioe  of  66  cents  to  the 
Eledtric  Company  for  Grade  B  some  months  ago.  If  we  have 
purify  the  material  further  by  taking  out  the  Sulphur  it  will 

ost  more  to  make.  3  faj* 

Under  present  circumstances  ,A it  could  do  no  harm, and  per¬ 
haps  might  be  a  good  thing  for  you,  to  withdraw  the  quotations  you 
have  made  to  Merok  &  Company  and  a  few  others  until  your  return 
■* — a  California. 


Oct.  21st.  1915 

Messrs.  Merclc  &  Company, 

45  Park  Place, 

Hew  Xork  City. 


On  account  of  unexpected  contingencies 
which  have  arisen  since  Mr.  Edison's  departure' 
for  California,  I  shall  have  to  take  the  liberty 
of  withdrawing  the  quotations  made  you  on  the 
first  instant  on  Bed  Oxide  Iron,  Iron  by  Hydrogen, 
and  Mercury  Oxide.  I  expect  Mr.  Edison  to  return 
around  the  first  of  November,  and  shall  take  the 
matter  up  with  him  at  once  and  ask  him  to  communi¬ 
cate  with  you  further. 

Yours  very  truly, 

'  Assistant  to  Mr.  Edison. 

Withdrawing  quotations  from  the  following: 

Bayard  &  Company, 

A.  D.  MaoKay, 

PowersT  Weightman-Bosengarten  Co. 

Fort  CovhiStou,  IS.  Y. 
Nynuilo*  N.  Y. 
Albiirji,  Vt. 

F.  W.  Myers  &  Co. 


Forwarding  and  Insurunce 


Jr.  ry.-oot.  22,  me . 

Ur*  Thomas  A*  Edison, 

Orange,  N.  J. 

Dear  Sir: 

In  reply  to  yours  of  the  20th  inst.  relative  to  KTL 
oar  520  with  benzol.  This  is  the  caff  that  the  appraisement  has 
been  called  for, and  whioh  will  have  to  remain  here  until  BUoh 
-appraisement  takes  place;  the  new  date  set  for  this  is  Nov.  17th. 

&2)ou(irwy  £  Co.  Jnc.  S 

Customs  <f  Forwardi/h;  Agejms 

4-7 Pearl  Streef 
New  York,  ootober  22,  1915. 

.  Wra.  H.  lleadoworoft, 

Asal  stant  to  Mr.  BUa< 

Wo  have  your  favor  of  tbo  21at  inat.  enclosing  docuraonto  for  a  shipment  of 
benzol  aa  atated,  toeetlxer  with  letter  from  “oasra  S.  W.  Myera  &  Co. 

We  at  once  referred  thia  matter  to  Mr.  Strauaa,  of  Strausa  &  Hedges,  good  frlenda 
of  oura,  and  we  are  at  once  preparing  ouatoma  entry  aa  cuatomary  in  mattera  of  thia 

kind,  by  adding  the  amount  to  mke  market  value  and  paying  the  duty  under  dureaa, 

-  -  •  -  —  -  — ard  of  General  Appraisers 

C  we  reoeive  a  favorable  deoiaion  by  the  Boa 
a  addition  will  be  refunded  and  avoid  the  aa 
on  ia  unfavorable. 

ing  on  the  documenta  aubmitted  to  indicate  a 

a  car  will  arrive  nor  by  what  method  or  at  what  place  it  will  be  delivered.  Aa  we 
a  paying  duty  ard  will  therefore  have  oust  ana  permit  neceaaary  for  delivery  and  aa 
will  alao  be  neceaaary  to  lodge  it  at  the  railroad  atation  at  which  the  gooda  arrive 
thia  port,  may  we  trouble  you  to  notify  ua  immediately  you  are  adviaed  of  arrival 
d  the  whereabouta  of  the  oar  ao  that  we  nay  place  the  neceaaary  permit  for  delivery 

with  the  ouatoma  inepeotor  in  charge  of  the  pier  or  district  where  the  car  arrivea 
IPs  ia  very  important  to  aave  demurrage  or  atorage  expenses,  end  if  you  will,  kindly 
dvise  ua  if  it  will  be  in  order  to  arrange  for  the  reforrarding  of  the  car  to  you  at 
(range  or  other  destination,  when  sending  us  advice  of  arrival,  and  we  shall  be  very 
-lad  to  arrange  with  the  railroad  company  or  furnish  them  with  instructions  for  such 

re  enclose  bill  for  duty  and  charges,  including  w 

:,  amounting  to  $288.8 

w.  h.  a, , 

for  which  it  will  be  in  order  for  you  to  let  ue  have  ohock  by  return  nail.  We 
believe  you  understand  that  duties  are  oaeh  outlays  and  we  have  disbursed  the  amount 
for  your  aooount. 

We  enclose  duplicate  papers  for  vblch  \io  have  no  use. 

yours  faithfully, 

B.  F.  Downing  &  Co.,  Ino. 

Oot.  23rd. 

Mr.  John  Bacon,  Jr., 

5i  Edison  Benzol  Plant, 

Johnstown,  Pa. 

Dear  Sir: 

I  received  your  favor  of  the  21st 
instant,  and  regret  very  much  to  learn  of  the 
fire  in  the  Cambria  Company's  Benzol  Plant. 

On  the  whole,  wo  have  had  a  fortunate  escape, 
and  I  think  wo  all  ought  to  congratulate  our¬ 
selves  that  it  turned  out  that  way. 

1  do  not  know  anything  about  the 
insurance,  but  have  telegraphed  Hr.  Mason  to' 
find  out,  and  will  let  you  know  as  soon  as  I 
hear  from  him.  He  attended  to  thoBe  matter 
when  he  was  at  Johnstown,  Just  now  he  is  visit¬ 
ing  the  Woodward  Plant. 

Xours  very  truly. 

Assistant  to  Mr.  Edison. 


Oct.  23rd.  1916 

Hr.  Thomas  A.'  Edison, 

Orange,  H.  J. 

Bear  Sir: 

Have  just  returned  from  Johnstown  where  1  found  that 
they  had  had  quite  a  serious  fire  the  day  before,  due  to  the 
Cambria  people  opening  Toluol  valve  and  losing  a  lot  on  the 
ground.  By  some  means  this  caught  afire  and  lighted  the  naph¬ 
thaline  storage  building,  which  was  a  wooden  shack  filled  with 
crude  naphthaline*  This  burned  and  ran  down  into  our  tank  pit 
and  caused  a  hot  fire  around  a  S.  II.  tank.  The  naphtha  must 
have  boiled  and  vaporized  through  the  vent  pipe  which  was  covered 
with  guage.  They  put  out  the  fire  but  we  had  some  $200.  to 
$300.  loss.  It  wsb  a  very  narrow  escape  from  a  serious  fire. 

•I  arranged  to  bury  the  tanks  completely. 

fours  very  truly. 

Cw  H 

Oct.  23rd.  1916. 

Ur.  Thomas  A.  Edison, 

Orange,  H.  J. 

Bear  ISx.  Edison: 

I  have  just  returned  from  Woodward.  When  I  got  there 
I  found  the  absorbing  oil  in  bad  condition  and  it  was  getting  worse 
right  along.  Trouble  apparently  caused  by  something  (Hydrocarbons) 
which  the  oil  had  absorbed  from  the  gases  and  which  they  did  not  give 
off  in  the  Hirzel  Stills.  This  caused  it  to  emulsify  in  the  direct 
cooler  and  the  emulsion  would  settle  out  a  lot  of  water  in  circulat¬ 
ing  tanks  which  it  was  impossible  to  drain  off  os  the  emulsion  would 
plug  up  the  l/2"  drain  pipe;  also  much  of  the  emulsion  would  go  out 
with  the  water  from  the  direct  aooler;  it  also  reduced  the  absorbing 
capacity  of  the  oil. 

This  was  bad  tho  day  I  got  there,  but  got  much  worse 
the  next  two  days.  I  started  experimenting  in  the  laboratory,  and 
found  that  I  could  add  1#  of  a  16JL  solution  Caustic  Soda  to  the  oil, 
then  stir  this  up  and  it  would  make  a  very  heavy  emulsion,  which  would 
not  separate  for  hours,  then  by  heating  this  to  the  boiling  point 
immediately  upon  coaling  the  water  all  separated,  leaving  the  oil 
in  its  former  condition,  we  applied  this  by  pouring  about  16  gallons 
of  16ft  flaOH  solution  in  each  circulating  tank  and  stirred  it  up  thor¬ 
oughly,  making  an  emulsion,  then  this  went  to  the  Hirzels,  when  of 
course  it  was  heated.-  On  coming  through  the  direct  coolers  it  all 
separated  and  in  a  few  hours  we  were  back  to  normal  operations.  Uext 

day,  we  found  traces  of  the  emulsion. again 
Caustic.  After  two  or  three  days  it  still 

so  we  put  in  a  little  more 
seemed  to  be  0.  K. 

1  believe  this  will  save  much  straw  oil  if  there  are 

no  other  bad  effects. 

I  arranged  to  buyy  all  Benzol  storage  tanks  and  Wood¬ 
ward  people  are  also  doing  the  same  to  theirs. 

I  also  arranged  with  Woodward  people  to  put  up  naphtha¬ 
line  Subliming  Plant.  We  are  to  have  the  use  of  this  plant  for  our 
naphthaline  without  cost. 


She  Tennesee  Coal  &  Iron  Company  (U.  S.  Steel)  started 
their  Benzol  Plant  in  September  and  found  that  they  did  not  have 
enough  exhauster  capacity  to  handle  the  gas  through  absorbing  towers 
without  blowing  seals  on  their  ammonia  saturators,  so  they  have  cut 
out  making  Sulphate  of  Ammonia  until  they  caught  new  gas  boosters- 
(only  lose  §3,000.  per  day). 

2hey  bought  300,000  gallons  Straw  Oil  of  the  wrong, 
specifications,  it  would  not  absorb,  so  they  had  to  throw  away  a  lot 
of  this  and  get  200,000  more  of  different  specifications. 

After  running  Benzol  Plant  two  or  three  weeks  they  found 
that  the  ammonia  carried  over  and  attacked  all  the  coils  in  their 
stills  (they  were  made  similar  to  our  original  Hirzelsj  and  ate  them 
out  entirely,  causing  big  expense  and  delay. 

They  are  very  much  disappointed  in  the  output  of  Toluol, 
nniy  runs  about  half  of  what  they  expected. 

'  They  are  having  a  great  deal  of  trouble  with  emulsion 

of  the*B  straw  oil,  «d?i  I  was  there  1  saw  thousands  of  gallons  run¬ 

ning  down  the  creek. 

Yours  very  truly. 

Oot.  25,  1915 

Ur.  E.  J.  Berggren: 

Please  let  me  have  o or t if loti  copy  of  rooolution  adopted 
at  special  meeting  of  the  Bourd  of  Eirootors  of  ShomaB  A. 

Edison,  Ino.,  ratifying  and  approving  the  plaoing  of  a  oontraot 
with  Wing  Sj  Evans,  Ino.,  as  agentB  for  the  Solvay  Prooeoe  Co., 
of  Syracuse,  H.  for  1900  tons  of  2000  lbo.  eaoh,  3olvay, 

765t  test,  Caustio  Soda  for  dolivery  in  about  equal  monthly  quanti¬ 
ties  during  the  period  beginning  April  15.  1916  and  ending  April 
15,  1917;  price  §2.75  per  hundred  lbs.,  basis  of  60$«,  f.o.b. 
oars,  sellers’  Works;  terms  loos  3$-  cash  within  ten  days  of  oaoh 

( Shis  oaustio  soda  is  for  Carbolic  Operation  at  Silver  Lake.) 

Hr.  Berggren  will  noto  that  I  have  secured  ilr.  EdiBon’s  0.  K. 
covering  thiB  contract  and  hold;  same  in  my  possession. 

Hfl.BB  H*  2»  looming 

Copiee  to  Uesors. 

Edison,  Wilson,  Mead owor oft,  H. 

Oat.  20,  1915 

Ur.  S.  J.  Berggron: 

Please  lot  ino  have  certified  oopy  of  resolution  adopted 
by  Ehomas  A.  Edison,  Ino.  ratifying  and  approving  the  plaoing 
of  a  oontraot  with  the  Uiohlgan  Alkali  Co.,  Edward  Hill's  Son 
&  Co..  Ino..  agonto,  64  Wall  St.,  new  York  City,  for  1600  tons 
of  2000  lbs.  eaoh,  fused  76#  Caustic  Soda  for  Bhipraont  in  car¬ 
load  lots  in  about  equal  monthly  quantities,  beginning  Ootober 
20,  1916  and  ending  December  31,  1916. 

Price  $2.26  per  huiuVred  lbs.,  baBis  60/?.,  E.O.B.  V.'yandotte, 

forms,  net  cash,  60  days  from  dato  of  each  shipment,  or 
less  IjS  in  10  days. 

(Shis  Caustic  Soda  is  for  the  Primary  Battery  Operation, 
Silver  lake.) 

Mr.  Berggren  will  note  that  I  have  secured  Ur.  Edison's 
0.  K.  covering  this  oontraot  and  hold  same  in  my  possession. 


H.  2.  looming 

Copies  to  Uesars.  Edison, 

Wilson,  ilondoworoft,  II 

(/?^/s;weV^l!/jt/;y<t^ October  27,  1915. 

Laboratory  of  Thomas  A.  Edison, 

'  a3/ 

!  of  your  spent  Sulphur: 

:  Aoid  obtained  after  nitrat¬ 

doing  this  and  we  write  now  to  aBk  that  you  send  us  a 
sample  of  about  five  pounds  of  the  acid  with  the  analysis 

»  have  lost  the  memorandum 

With  best  regards,  I  t 


Oct.  £8th.  1915 

Mr.  E.  W.  Preston,  'Press., 

Standard  Essence  Company, 

Maywood ,  14.  J. 

Dear  Mr.  Preston: 

I  regret  my  inability  to  answer  your  favor 
of  the  27th  instant  in  Mr.  KcPison’s  absence.  This  comes  under 
the  head  of  technical  matters  to  which  he  attends  to  exclusive¬ 
ly,  and  I  would  not  attempt  to  take  any  action  in  regard  there¬ 
to  .  It  ie  with  much  regret  that • I  am  obliged  to  answer  in 
this  way,  I  trust  it  will  not  inconvenience  you  to  await  his 
return,  which  will  be  somewhere  between  the  first  and  fourteenth 
of  November.  I  am  not  informed  as  to  the  exact  date  as  yet. 

Yours  very  truly. 

Mr.  Edison: 

This  is  one  of  the  pile  of  papers  you 
had  on  the  left  hand  side  of  your  desk,  and  which 
you  cleared  up  Just  before  you  went  to  San  Fran¬ 
cisco'/  It  has  stood  so  long  that  there  will  he 
no  harm  in  keeping  it  until  you  come  home,  because 
I  want  to  consult  you  before  replying  to  the  let¬ 
ter..  . 

We.  cannot  make  them  any  proposition 
on  Aniline  Oil  for  next  year,  now,  as  we  are  sold 

As  to  Earaphenylenediamine,  we  would 
probably  have  to  take  up  this  subjeot  through 
young  Solomon.  Thus  far,  we  have  been  selling 
it  direot  to  customers,  except  in  the  caBe  of 
the  American  Oil  &  Supply  Company,  and  I  wanted  to 
wait  till  your  return  and  see  what  your  polioy 
is  going  to  be  about  selling  to  the  Trade. 


October  29,  1915.  j:: 

Laboratory  of  Thomas  A.  Edison, 

Orange,  Hew  Jersey. 


Two  months  have  now  elapsed  singe  the  original  advance 
was  made  by  the  U.  S.  Appraisers  upon  your  shipment  of  Benzol 
through  Rouses  Point  from  the  Dominion  Iron  &  Steel  Co.  This 
refers  to  Car  520. 

Since  that  time  this  office  has  been  communicating 
directly  and  through  Messrs.  E.  W.  Myers  &  Co.  with  the 
Dominion  Iron  &  Steel  Co.  in -an  effort  to  secure  from  them 
some  figures  that  would  indicate  the  cost  of  production,  this 
being  in  our  judgment  the  only  line  of  proof  which  would  afford 
us  any  chance  of  success  on  the  appeal  to  reappraisement  that 
was  taken  from  the  action  of  the  Local  Appraiser. 

We  have  received  several  letters  from  the  solicitors 
of  the  Dominion  Iron  &  Steel  Co,  promising  co-operation,  but 
to  date  we  have  been  unable  to  eecure  any  communication  directly 
from  the  Dominion  Iron  &  Steel  Co.  We  are  consequently  in 
exactly  the  same  position  os  we  were  two  months  ago,  and  in  the 
meantime  the  oar  iB  being  held  at  Rouses  Point  and  the  time  for 
the  trial  of  the  case  (November  17th)  1b  fast  approaching. 

We  could  of  course  Becure  a  postponement  from  November 

17th  if  neoessary,  but  from  the  present  rate  of  progress  it  would 

No.  2-  Lab.  of  T.  A.  15.  -  10/2»A& 

appear  that  the  Dominion  Iron  &  Steel  Co. ,  in  spite  of  their 
fair  words,  are  not  inclined  to  aid  us,  and  we  aslc  your  udvioe 
and  instructions  in  the  premises. 

You  must  understand  that  the  burden  of  proof  is  on  the 
importer  and  that  this  necessarily  means  that  the  affirmative  is 
with  us  and  that  we  must  do  something  to  sustain  our  contention 
that  the  entered  values  are  correct. 

Awaiting  your  reply, 

7tS)oa(ifiKff  <?  Co.  Site. 

Cvsro/fs  &  fo/WARD/AG  Ace/rrs 

*;0,'cwat'”E?°  4-7 Pearl  Street 

■r.  m.  H.  lieadoworoft,  >WW  YORK,  October  30,  1906. 

Aaeletant  to  Ur.  Blison, 

Orange,  H.  J. 

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Confirmlre  telephone  oonver cation  of  this  morning,  we  are  very  much  Pleased  to 
idviae  you  that  we  hava  arranged  with  the  ouBtoma  authorities  for  the  release  of  the 
tank  car  aM  you  may  at  once  arrange  to  dispoaa  of  the  goods,  being  careful  however 
co  send  ue  a  four  ounoe  sample  of  the  oontanta,  together  with  the  affidavit  enclosed 


yours  faithfully. 

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ao?.  ist.  1915. 

H.  F.  Downing  &  Co.  Inc., 

47  Pearl  Street, 

Dew  York  City. 

Gentlemen : 

Your  favor  of  the  30th  ultimo  has 
been  received,  and  I  am  much  pleased  to  learn 
that  you  have  arranged  with  the  Customs  Author¬ 
ity  for  the  release  of  tank  car  KTX  622.  In 
accordance  with  your  instructions  I  am  sending 
you  herewith  an  affidavit  duly  completed,  and 
also  a  sample  of  the  Benzol  taken  from  the  car 
in  my  presence. 

Yours  very  truly, 

AAssistant  to  Mr.  Edison. 

Enclosure . 

American  Oil  &  Supply  Co. 

Oils,  Greases,  Acids,  Chemicals 

52-54-56  Lafayette  Street 

Gentlemen:-  Attention  Mr.  W.H.Meadowcrof  t._  _ _ ^ 

As  per  the  writer's  telephone  conversation  with 
your  Mr.  Head oner oft,  we  have  purchased  and  hereby  confirm 
the  purchase  of  Aniline  Oil  from  you  as  follows: - 

Ten  thousand  poundB  during  the  month  of  May,  1916 
and  twenty  thousand  pounds  during  each  month,  June  to  Dec¬ 
ember  inclusive,  1916,  making  a  total  of  one  hundred  and 
fifty  thousand  pounds  in  all,  the  price  to  be  50^  per  lb. 
f.o.b.  your  works,  usual  terms  and  conditions. 

We  have  obligated  ourselves  to  deliver  on  the 
10th,  20th  and  30th  of  each  of  these  months  in  about  equal 
proportions  and  we  would  ask  that  you  prepare  to  make  de¬ 
liveries  to  us  in  the  same  way. 

We  are  pleased  to  have  been  able  to  make  this 
sale  and  now  understand  that  you  have  no  more  to  offer  during 
1916.  If  there  should  be  any  more  available,  we  would  thank 
vou  to  let  us  know  as  we  undoubtedly  could  dispose  of  this  to 


American  Oil  &  Supply  Co. 

Oils,  Greases,  Acids,  Chemicals 

52-54-56  Lafayette  Street 


November  let,  1915 

T.A.Edison  (2) 

P.S.  The  above  quantity  is  in  addition  to  the  two 

thousand  pounds  per  week  we  have  purchased  of  you  over  the 
entire  year,  1916. 

Kindly  arrange  contracts  for  both  lots  and  submit 
them  for  our  signature. 

A.O.  &  S.  Co, 

Mot.  End. 


Burr  Drug  Company,- 
Montgomery,  Ala. 


Our  Mr.  Kennedy  handed  to  us  your 
favor  of  the  16th  instant  in  regard  to  Carbolic 
Acid  Crystals.  Our  production  up  till  next  June 
is  all  taken  up  under  contracts,  hut  in  order  to 
accommodate  a  friend  of  our  friend,  we  will 
squeeze  out  about  five  hundred  pounds  for  you, 
which  will  be  shipped  in  two  250  pound  galvanized 
iron  cans,  -  one  this  weekiand  one  next  week. 

We  trust  you  will  appreciate  the  fact 
that  this  has  been  dono  as  a  special  accommoda¬ 
tion  to  a  friend.  We  have  not  made  draft.  Our 
invoice  will  follow  in  due  course,  and  you  may 
deduct  1 %  for  cash. 

Yours  very  truly. 

Assistant  to  Mr.  Edison. 

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wy  oisesale;  ng  ueGisjgi 

Nov.  4th,  1915. 

Mr.  Wm.  H.  Meadoworoft, 

Ascistant  to  Mr.  Kdison, 

Orange,  H.J. 

Bear  Sir: 

We  are  just  in  receipt  of  your  esteemed 
letter  of  the  2nd,  and  note  that  you  will 
squeeze  out  about  500  pounds  Oarholio  Acid 
Crystals  in  250  pound  galvanized  iron  cans, 
this  week  and  next.  We  appreciate  this 
^Trf SSoSa^Tgreatl v r  and  upon  receipt  of  your 
invoice  we  will  send  you  Hew  York  check  promptly 
to  oover. 

Please  remember  us  kindly  to  our  friend 
Mr.  Abb  Kennedy,  who  during  his  visits  to 
Montgomery  has  spoken  to  us  of  you  a  number  of 

With  best  wishes  and  again  thanking  you 
for  helping  us  out  at  this  time,  beg  to  remain, 
Yours  very  truly, 

Thomas  A.  Edison,  Inc., 

Orange,  N.  J. 



I  certainly  hope  that  you  enjoyed  your  trip 
out  to  San  Franoisoo  and  have  come  hack  in  the  best  of 

I  have  not  been  able  to  see  Vice  President  Backus, 
and  Judge  Ruby  of  the  Heroules  Powder  Company  in  regard  to 
the  Toluol  Contract,  but  this  morning  X  had  a  telephone  message 
from  them  stating  that  Mr,  Backus  will  be  here  again  next  week, 
and  that  he  will  not  mise  the  next  chanoe  to  see  me. 

The  daily  reports  from  Woodward  dated  October  51st, 
to  Hovember  5th  do  not  look  quite  right  to  me  and  I  request 
you  to  kindly  look  into  this  matter  carefully  onoe  more  and 
telegraph  the  Manager  of  your  plant  to  do  everything  to  make 
Toluol  as  fast  as  possible. 

I  take  this  opportunity  to  request  that  you  kindly 
reserve  the  toluol  from  the  Cambria  Plant  until  the  Hercules 
trouble  is  settled,  because  il  they  take  a  strong  stand  we 

Thomas  A.  Edison, 

might  he  ahle  to  uBe  your  toluol  from  the  said  plant  to 
our  great  advantage  in  settling  the  dispute.' 

With  kind  regards. 

Tours  very  truly, 


Mov.  10-th.  1915. 

Woodward  Iron  Company, 
Woodward,  Ala. 

Dear  Sirs : 

Attention  of  Mr.  R.  H.  Banister. 

Mr.  Edison  has  just  returned  from  the  West  and  I  have 
talked  with  him  in  regard  to  the  disposal  of  your  Naphthaline. 

Mr.  Edison  says  he  thinks  he  can  sell  all  we  both  make, 
and  if  agreeable  to  you  will  do  so,  remitting  to  you  the  full 
amount  received  for  your  Naphthaline,  as  his  selling  expenses 
will  not  be  inereased. 

He  thinks  you  should  charge  him  for  the  Naphthaline 
the  same  price  cer  pound  as  he  pays  per  pound  of  Solvent  Naphtha. 
The  extra  expense  of  purifying  is  to  be  paid  by  you  and  Mr.  Edison 
in  proportion  to  the  quantity  of  Naphthaline  sublimed. 

The  Barrett  Manufacturing  Company  supply  95%  of  the 
Naphthaline  for  moth  balls  on  long  contracts,  and  we  understand 
have  none  to  sell,  but  there  are  two  or  three  concerns  who  use 
Naphthaline  to  make  Beta  Haphthol  which  is  employed  in  making  a 
red  dye  which  can  no  longer  be  obtained  from  Europe.  There  are 
other  small  users-  The  Naphthaline  should  be  pretty  white,  other¬ 
wise  the  prices  are  very  poor.  Pure  white  is  about  10  cents  per 
pound  at  present. 

Yours  very  truly, 

(signed)  W.  H.  Mason. 

Engineer  to  Mr.  Edison. 


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HitBui  &  Company,  limited, 

26  Madison  Avenue, 

How  York  City.  Attention  of  Mr.  fakaki. 

Dear  Sir; 

deferring  to  yonr  favor  of  the  Sth 
instant,  X  bee  to  say  that  Mr.  Mason  tells  me 
that  the  reports  from  Woodward  indicate  that 
they  will  he  able  to  obtain  quite  a  good  quan¬ 
tity  of  C.  P.  foluol  from  the  crude  and  the 
washed.  It  is- only  a  matter  of  a  few  days  to 
handle  all  this  stuff  as  soon  as  they  get  ready 
to  do ‘it,  and  when  the  tank  car  gets  down  there, 
it  will  give  Mr.  Opdyke  more  opportunity  for 
handling  this  material. 

I  expect  to  reserve  the  loluol  from 
the  Cambria  Plant  for  a  while,  and  hold  it  ae 
a  flood  in  case  of  necessity. 

Yours  very  truly. 

>  the  y&riter 1  s  conversation  over  ^ 

;f  qV  wo  are  inclosing  herewith 
Uon  tests  we  have  made  on  the 
tf'your  laboratories,  also  on 
Cher  manufacturers.  You  will 
ii  test  on  both  samples  #1  and 
vou  sent  us.  f|,h e  results  on  these 
o  samples  you  notice  are  practically  the  sane. 

v  J"  VA  grower  poM/ntage  of  the  oil  from  the 
0Wer  manufacturers  dis1«S.led  over  at  the  sane  tempera¬ 
ture  than  did  the  oil  wade  by  you.  In  order  to  make 
ourselves  clear  on  this  natter  we  have  mace  a  chart  on 
each  sanplo,  which  we  are  inclosing,  ana  which  sho’.vs 
vou  the  difference.  It  is  essential  that  we  have  an  oil 
of  tie  highest  purity.  As  explained  to  you  we  are  using 
this  material  in  naming  a  chemical •mixture  which  enters 
into  our  output,  and  we  are  airaia  tnat  n  there  io  the 
slightest  trace  of  nitro-bensole  it  will  give  us  a  Etroat 
deal  of  trouble.  "'o  know  that  the  importea  oil  that  wo 
have  been  using  for  tho  past  year  has  been  entirely  satis¬ 
factory  to  ns  in  every  and  the  sample  marked  Naugatuck 
is  practically  a  duplicate  of  this  oil. 

Can  yon  furnish  us  a  duplicate  of  these  two? 

We  should  like  to  hear  from  you  as  quickly  as  possible, 
and  we  trust  that  yon  can  give  us  a  quality  exactly  the 
3ane  as  we  have  heen  using. 

Awaiting  your  reply,  and  thanking  yon  in  advnnc< 
for  your  attention  to  this  matter,  we  are 
^_¥cry  truly  yours, 



Gen.  Factory  Manager. 



Orange,  N.  J. 


Ia  it  possible  for  you  to  increase 
your ■ shipments  to  us  of  Phenol  to  about  S00  lbs. 
a  day  until  the  close  of  the  year,  as  we  are 
very  hard  pushed  at  the  present  time. 

This  surplus  quantity  would,  of  course, 
be  charged  off  the  quantity  of  our  oontract  with 
you,  and  we  ask  this  accommodation  of  you  to  kind 
of  even  up  on  your  short  deliveries  to  ub  during 
the  summer . 

If  it  is  at  all  possible  to  meet  ua  in 
this  regard  we  would  greatly  appreciate  it,  and 
now  awaiting  your  early  reply  we  beg  to  remain, 
yours  ver y  truly, 



Orange,N.«J..TJ.S.A.  i 

on  Diamond  Disc  and  Ambcrola  Phonographs  and  Records. 
EdisonHinetoscopcsandMolion  Picture  Films. 

Edison  Primary  Batteries .  Edison Kinetophones. 

Edison  DictatingMachines.  Edison  A.C.Reclifiers. 

Hot. 11,  3915. 

Mr.  Edison. 

Re  cost  of  manufacturing  of  3?. Phenol. 

In  order  to  find  out  exactly,  what  causes  the  variation  m 
expenses  per  lh  of  P.  Phenol  Irnede  up  the  attached  statement, 
showing  the  different  items  during  the  time  from  March  (when  we 
started  hookeening)  until  September. 

The  statement  gives  detailed  figures  for: 

1  Actual  total  costs  per  lh  of  P.  Phenol 

2  Expenses  caused  by  higher  prices  for  raw  material 

Z  Total  costs  per  lh  of  P. Phenol,  in  case  the  prices  paid 
for  raw  material  during  March,  April  and  May  would  have 
remained  the  same  in  the  following  months. 

If  we  take  an  average  from  the  first  S  months,  we  get  a  total 
cost  per  1  lb  of  P.  Phenol  of  27.08  cts.  „  ^  .  ,  . 

This  total  cost  shows  a  slight  increase  in June ,  July  And  August 
dropping  a  tfkle  under  27  cts  in  September  (considering  the  total 
cost  as  given  in  red  ink,  leaving  aside  the  increase  ctusea  by 
higher  expenses  for  raw  material.)  _ 

The  explanation  for  the  slightly  increased  costs  in  June  Jul,, 
and  August  ismainly  given  by  the  fact,  that  we  had  to  change  our 
method  of  distillation,  so  that  we  arrived  at  a  higher  point  of 
orys tali zati on?. Instead  of  having  up  to  2$  of  water  left  in  the 
P.  Phenol,  as  was  the  case  formerly,  we  nov;  distill  the  P.Phonol 
so, the t  hardly  a  fraction  of  1$  of  water  is  left. Our  orystalization 
point  is  generally  near  40°C,often  even  higher^vhilst  it  used 
to  be  H5°C  or  sometimes  less.  ,  ,  ,  .  ,  _ . 

Whilst  an  increase  of  the  total  cost,  caused  by  higher  prices 
of  raw  material,  cannot  be  avoided,  it  probably  will  be  possible, 
to  manufacture  somewhat  cheaper  by  increasing  the  production. 

WB  paid  for  instance  for  labor  in  March  4.86  cts?  in  April  5.25 
cts,  in  August  4.17  cts  and  in  September  4.08  cts  per  lb  P. Phenol. 





Prices  peia  for  materiel  for  manufacture  of  P. Phenol. 














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. 98cwt 

.  98cvvt 

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4. OOton 

4. 00 ton 

4 . OOton 

4.  OOton 

4. OOton 

4. OOton 

4. OOton 

Soda  ABh 

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1 . 58cwt 


1. 65cwt 


Mr.  Opdyke: 

Hr .  Edison  wishes  you  to  prepare  a  statement  showing 
all  work,  material,  labor,  that  we  expended  upon  the  Carbolic  Still 
from  Badger  &  Company  in  your  Phenol  Plant.  As  you  will  remember, 
this  still  cost  us  a  lot  of  money  for  extra  work,  etc.  Mr.  Edison 
wishes  to  have  this  at  your  early  convenience,  and  please  have 
attached  to  your  statement  either  original  or  copies  of  bills  paid. 

V.'e  are  probably  going  to  have  a  scrap  with  Badger’s 
about  this  and  the  other  still. 


Eovember  11th -1916. 

Mr.  Opdyke: 

Kill  you  please  sena  to  Prof. 

W.  R.Ornaorff,  Cornell  University,  Ithaca,  IJ.Y., 
by  express  the  following  samples,  namely,  l/2 
pound  x'aiiline  Oil,  l/2  pound  Hitrobenzol,  l/2 
pound  Paraphenylenediamine,  l/2  pouna  Aeetanilia 
and  l/2  pound  Aniline  Salt.  There  is  to' be 
no  charge  for  these  samples. 


JJov  11th.  1915 

Hrof.  W.R.  Oradorff, 

Cornell  University, 

Ithaca,  H.  Y. 

Dear  Sir: 

Your  favor  of  the  20th  ultimo  has 
hee'n  brought  to  my  attention  on  my  return  from 
California.  Replying  to  your  inquiry,  let  me 
say  that  v/e  use  the  Phenol  with  Formaldehyde 
to  make  a  resin  for  our  disc  phonograph  records. 

It  is  also  used  in  the  manufacture  of  Salicylic 
Acid  and  Aeperin.  It  is  also  used  in  the  Drug 
Trade  and  our  Government  for  making  Picric 

I  will  send  you  some  samples  of  our 
chemicals  for  your  Museum. 

Yours  very  truly. 


_ November  _11_, _ ,^?/_5_ 

Thomas  A.  Edison,  Inc., 

Orange,  H.  J. 

Attention  of  Mr.  W.H, 


Referring  to  my  conversation  of  this 
morning,  I  beg  to  enclose  you  herewith  copy  of 
the  specifications  of  Benzol  and  Phenol  from  the 
Aetna  people,  whioh  kindly  treat  as  strictly 
confidential,  - — - 

*"  I  shall  be  very  much  obliged  to  you  if 

you  will  kindly  express  your  opinion  about  their 
Phenol  specification  compared  with  your  pure  Phenol. 
X  propose  that  I  will  oommunicate  with  you  before 
we  buy  any  Phenol  from  outsiders,  or  in  other  words, 
I  shall  first  oome  to  you  when  we  require  Phenol  and 
in  case  you  do  not  care  to  sell  any ,  I  will  then  go 
outside  to  buy. 

Under  these  circumetanoes,  I  request  you 
to  treat  this  information  as  strictly  confidential. 

Yours  very  truly. 




'  V7 

November  9,  1915. 

The  Benzol  shall  he  of  such  a  grade  that  when 
submitted  to  distillation  90$  shall  distill  inside  of 
one  and  one-tenth  degrees  C.  (1.1°  O  of  the  boiling  point, 
and  95$  shall  distill  inside  of  one  and  eight-tenths  C. 

(1.8°  C.)  of. the  boiling  point. 

melting  point 




38  to  43  degrees  C. 

5  grams  dissolved  in  100  co  of  distilled 
water  should  show  a  practically  clear 

Not  over  .03$,  determined  as  follows! 
Ignite  5  grams  in  a  weighed  cruoible. 

Phenol  shall  distill  to  dryness  between 
178  degrees  C.  and  183  degrees  C. 

November  11,  1915 

Mr.  Win.  H.  Meadowcroft, 

Laboratory  of  Thomas  A.  Edison, 

Lear  Mr.  Meadoworof t: - 

We  suppose  since  the  return  of  Mr.  Edison  he  has 
been  too  busy  to  take  up  our  letter  of  October  the  27th  in 
-which  we  referred  again  to  the  use  of  the  spent  Sulphuric 
Acid  obtained  after  nitrating  Benzol  and  which  Mr.  Edison 
offered  to  the  writer  when  last  at  your  office.  We  are 
just  now  making  Inquiry  for  some  extra  acid  outside  of  that 
provided  by  contract  by  the  General  Chemical  Company  and  would 
like  to  consider  the  use  of  what  you  have,  if  you  will  supply 
us  with  a  good  sized  sample,  and  at  the  same  time  state^price. 
Vr  presume  you  would  be  able  to  deliver  in  carload  lots. 


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Mr.  Edison: 

Mr.  Hoffman  was  in  this  morning  ana 
was  exceedingly  anxious  about  the  return  of  the 
General  Chemical  Company’s  Oleum  ear.  You  will 
remember  talked  this  matter  with  you  yester¬ 
day,  and  asked  you  to  empty  this  car  into  drums 
so  that  it  could  be  returned  right  away.  You 
objected  because  you  said  it  would  eat  up  the 

drums.  He  admitted  that,  but  said  that  you  would 

be  using  it  right  up  and  it  would/only  for  a 
few  days,  and  then  they  could  be  used  for  Carbolic 
for  export,  and  the  drums  would  never  be  returned, 
and  so  it  would  not  irake  any  difference. 

He  haB  been  in  this  morning  and  is  very 
anxious  to  have  this  carried  out,  as  he  says  it  is 
a  matter  of  extreme  importance,  as  the  General 
Chemical  Company  will  stop  shipping  Oleum  if  we 
do  not  return  their  cars. 

I  have  instructed  Opdyke  to  go  ahead  on 
this  basis. 


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My  dear  Mr.  Mendowcroft:- 

On  our  Carbolic  Apid  label,  submitted  to  you 

■  Carbolic  Apid  label,  submitted  to  you 

for  your  approval,  you  will  note  the  statement  * gtaminently  dds-  A—— 

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under  all  conditions!  we  woi 
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We  leave  this  matter  e 
would  thank  you  for  your  suggestions  aA 

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:ery  truly, 


November  15,  1915. 

Hr.  Thomas  A.  Edison, 

Orange,  11.  J. 

Dear  Sir:- 

W e  are  in  receipt  of  your  favor  of  the  10th,  written 
by  Mr.  W.  H.  Mason. 

Your  suggestion  that  we  charge  you  royalty  on  the 
naphthaline  you  are  making  here  at  the  same  rate  as  we  charge 
royalty  on  the  solvent  naphtha  is  entirely  satisfactory  to  us. 

We  also  note  what  you  say  in  regard  to  selling  our 
naphthuline  for  us,  we  to  render  invoices  against  you  at  the 
price  at  which  you  sell  it.  This  is  entirely  agreeable  to  us, 
but  it  occurred  to  us  that  we  might  save  you  some  work  in  your 
office  by  having  you  send- us  sales  memoranda  covering  the 
naphthaline  you  sell  for  our  account  and  we  bill  direct  against 
the  buyer,  in  this  way  keeping  these  items  out  of  your  account. 
However,  this  is  merely  a  suggestion.  We  appreciate  your  assist¬ 
ance  in  this  matter  and  are,  of  course,  anxious  to  handle  the 
account  in  the  way  that  best  suits  you. 

Yours  truly, 


rhb-b . 

(signed)  R.  H.  Banister. 
Vice  President. 




Ninth  and  Parrish  Streets 

November  16,  1916. 

laboratory  of 

'  Thomas  A.  Edison.EBq. 

Orange,  N.  J. 

Attention  of  Dr.  William  H.  Meadoworoft 
Gentlemen:  - 


Referring  to  our  recent  correspond, enoe  on  this  matter, 
particularly  to  your  favor  of  October  21st  In  whloh  you  withdrew 
the  quotations  you  had  made  us,  we  now  inquire  as  to  what  you  propost 
to  do.  We  must  settle  the  matter  one  way  or  another,  and  we  would 
muoh  prefer  to  draw  our  supplies  from  you  rather  than  to  manufacture 
the  artiole  ourselves.  It  is  evident  that  if  you  feel  Inclined  to 
supply  us  that  your  facilities  may  enable  a  very  economical  arrange¬ 
ment  compared  to  our  undertaking  the  manufacture  of  the  artiole  and 
if  our  orders  appear  desirable  to  you  we  hope  we  may  have  the  privi¬ 
lege  of  an  early  answer. 

Very  truly  yours. 

tanks  a/8"  metal,  76"-  diameter 

27'  long  over  all  dome  has  man  hole  In  top  dished  head  good  for  forty 
pounds,  pressure  190~ each  ff.  0.  B.  Chloago.  Sub jeot  prior  sale  prompt 

shipment .  Tankage  t 

seedlnfely  soaroe.  Better  take  both  while  oan 

get  them.  Will  wire  oar  number  six  ordered  13th  soon  as  possible. 


Hov.  16th.  1915. 

Dominion  Iron  &  Steel  Co., 

Sydney,  tfova  Scotia. 


1  want  to  call  your  attention  to  the  fact  that  we  have 
not  been  getting  our  full  quantity  of  Benzol.  You  will  remember 
that  under  the  terms  of  our  contract  you  were  to  supply  me  with 
eight  hundred  (800)  gallons  per  day,  but  as  you  were  meeting  with 
some  difficulties  a  few  months  ago,  I  voluntarily  told  you  that 
you  might  reduce  my  quantity  to  five  hundred  (600)  gallons  per  day 
for  the  time  being.  This  would  mean  that  I  should  be  getting 
fifteen  thousand  (16,000)  gallons  per  month,  but  you  have  not  been 
shipping  anything  like  that  quantity. 

1  must  ask  jrtiat  you  at  least  furnish  me  with  the  mini¬ 
mum  quantity  I  have  agreed  to  take  for  the  present.  I  shall  prob¬ 
ably  want  to  have  you  ship  me  the  full  quantity  of  eight  hundred 
(800)  gallons  per  day  after  awhile. 

It  is  of  great  importance  that  I  get  at  least  this  mini¬ 
mum  quantity  regularly. 

Yours  very,  truly. 

Hov.  16th.  1916. 

Mitsui  &  Company,  Ltd., 

26  Madison  Arenas, 

Hew  *ork  City.  Attention  -  Mr.  Sakakl. 

Dear  Sir: 

Keferring  to  your  favor  of  the  11th 
instant,  in  which  you  enclosed  copy  of  specifi¬ 
cations  of  Benzol  and  Phenol  from  the  Aetna 
people,  Mr.  Edison  says  that  with  the  poor  grade 
of  Benzol  specified  in  such  specifications  they 
cannot  produce  Phenol  of  a  high  quality. 

Yours  very  truly. 


Ur.  Edison. 

Hov.  16th.  1916. 

Mr.  Donald  McKesson, 

Hew  York  Quinine  and  Chemical  Works, 

114  William  Street, 

Ilew  York  City. 

My  dear  Mr.  McKesson: 

I  am  in  receipt  of  your  favor  of  the  12th  instant, 
and  acknowledge  receipt  of  one  copy  of  the  aniline  Oil  con¬ 
tract  duly  signed  in  behalf  of  your  Company. 

The  report  that  we  are  making  offers  of  Acetanilid 
is  not  correct.  We  are  making,  only  a  limited  quantity  for 
our  own  use,  and  jUBt  non  cannot  spare  any  i|jSr  sale. 

Mr.  Edison  withes  me  to  ask  you  if  there  is  a  short¬ 
age  of  Cinchona  Bark.  He  thinks  he  knows  where  a  large  quan¬ 
tity  of  low  grade  hark  can  be  had. 

Yours  very  truly. 

Assistant  to  Mr.  Edison. 


Hot.  16th.  1915. 

Mr.  L.  2.  Vance, 

Racine  Rubber  Co., 

Rac ine ,  Y,is . 

Dear  Sir: 

Your  favor  of  the  10th  instant  has  been  received,  together 
with  your  sheets  showing  distillation  tests  of  Aniline  Oil. 

I  beg  to  say  in  reply  that  our  own  tests  only  show  a  trace 
of  Hitrobenzol.  We  could  not  afford  to  redistill  our  Aniline  Oil, 
as  our  plant  is  pushed  to  the  limit  to  keep  everybody  going.  Y.o  are 
told  from  all  quarters  that  our  aniline  Oil  is  the  best  in  the  mark-' 

Why  do  you  not  actually  use  half  a  drum  in  your  process 
and  see  how  it  turns  out  before  anticipating  trouble?  You  should 
come  to  Eome  decision  about  this  very  quickly,  as  I  can  only  furn¬ 
ish  you  with  Aniline  Oil  in  accordance  with  Baraples,  and  if  this 
is  not  satisfactory  we  ought  to  know  right  away,  so  that  we  can 
make  arrangements  about  cancelling  our  contract  with  you  for  next 
year,  and  give  you  an  opportunity  to  obtain  your  Aniline  Oil  else¬ 
where  . 

Yours  very  truly. 

Assistant  to  Mr.  Edison. 

Hov.  16th.  1916. 

2.  F.  Sdmands  &  Company, 

70  Kilby  Street, 

3oston,  ilass. 

Gentlemen : 

Referring  onee  more  to  your  favor  of  the  10th  Instant 
in  regard  to  &  few  drums  of  .aniline  Oil  for  the  Pacific  Mills, 

I  beg  to  say  that  to.  Aldon  called  us  up  on  the  telephone,  and  I 
arranged  to  let  the  Pacific  Mills  have  one  drum  |||r  week  for  the 
next  four  weeks  at  86^  per  pound,  ?.  0.  3.  Silver  lake,  JH.  J., 
drums  extra.  Vie  wij.^  make  the  first  shipment  of  one  drum  about 
the  end  of  this  week,  lie  will  ship  to  Pacific  Mills,  South  law- 
rence.  Mass. 

PleaBe  do  not  let  the  news  of  this  get  abroad,  as  we 
could  not  spare  any  for  anyone  else,  as  Mr.  Edison  wishes  to 
accommodate  you  by  squeezing  out  this  quantity. 

Yours  very  truly. 

Assistant  to  to.  Edison. 

Uov ember  16th. 


Mr.  Opdyke: 

We  closed  a  contract  with  the  Pacific  Mills, sSouth 
Lawrence,  Mass.,  for  Aniline  Oil  for  next  year.  They  are  bad¬ 
ly  off  for  a  few  drums  during  the  remainder  of  this  year,  and 
under  great  stress  X  have  agreed  to  let  them  have  a  drum  a  week 
for  four  weeks  at  85^  per  pound,  the  first  shipment  to  he  made 
this  week  end. 

Kill  you  please,  therefore,  make  a  memorandum  of  this, 
to  ship  oni  drum  a  week,  commencing  this  week  end. 

IV.  a.  MEADOW  CHOl’T . 

Kovember  16, 

Mr.  Meadoworoft, 
Thoe.  A.  Edison,  Ino, 
Orange,  N.  J . 

Shipment .of  Carbolic'  Apid;. 

November  17,  1915. 

In  reference  to  carbolic  acid  for  the  Navy: 

1.  I  talked  with  Admiral  Strauss  and  Lieut.  Caskey, 
of  the  Bureau  of  Ordnance.  They  report  they  will  be  ready  to  go-, 
ahead  to  manufacture  "D"  (their  explosive)  by  December  15th, 
and  would  appreciate  it  if  the  first  shipment  of  carbolic  could 
be  made  in  time  to  get  to  Indian  Head  about  the  12th  of  the 
month,  at  the  latest.  .1  think  we  had  better  go  ahead  and  ship 
as  near  to  December  first  as  is  practicable.  If  you  are  a 
few  days  late  on  the  shipment,  I  can  get  any  fines  remitted. 

2.  It  has  been  arranged  for  the  carbolic  to  be  in¬ 
spected  at  destination,  Indian  Head,  with  the  understanding 
that  we  will  defray  transportation  charges  both  ways ,  in 
case  it  becomes  necessary  to  ship  any  of  the  carbolic  back 
to  the  plant.  I  told  Admiral  Strauss  you  would  prefer  to  do 
this  rather  than  have  anyone  around  the  carbolic  plant,  and 
it  has  been  so  ordered. 


T.  F.  EDMANDS  &  CO. 


70  Kilby  street 

Boston,  mass.  November  17, 


Mr.  Thomas  A.  Edison, 

Orange,  N.  J. 

Dear  Sir:— 

Your  two  favors  of  the  16th  received. 

AWTT.Tmr.  oil,.  We  will  oertainly  malce  no 
mention  of  the  purohase  and  again  we  thanic  you  for 
letting  the  Pacific  Mills  have  the  4  drums. 

Yours  truly, 

/~yr  j  s’-”  *** 

P.  0.  Box  2120 

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lie  Address  “QUINCHEM”  November  17,  1915. 

Ur.  William  H.  Meadowcroft,  >-  Offt****^  ** 

C/o  Thomas  A.  Edison,  UV  i  . 

My  dear  Mr.  Meadowcroft: 

I  am  in  receipt  of  your  letter  of  November  16th 
and  thank  you  for  the  information  with  regard  to  Aoetanilid. 

With  regard  to  Cinchona  Bark,  there  is  plenty  of 
Cinchona  Bark  on  the  Island  of  Java  and  fair  stocks  in  Am¬ 
sterdam.  Shipments  from  Java  have  been  somewhat  decreased 
owing  to  the  high  freight  rates,  hut  the  only  affect  of  this 
is  reducing  the  stocks  on  hand  in  Amsterdam  and  sufficient 
supplies  are  obtainable  for  the  Quinine  factories,  which  are 
somewhat  limited  in  capacity^ ^der  the  present  extraordinary 
demands^ South  American  Bark, to  which  Mr.  Edison  probably  re¬ 
fers,  contains  insufficient  quantities  of  Quinine  to  be  of 
eoonomio  value  while  Java  Bark  is  obtainable. 

Yours  very  truly,  / 


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Powers-Y/eightman-Bosengarten  Co., 
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Beferring  to  your  favor  of  the  15th 
instant,  I  beg  to  say  that  our  quotations  were 
withdrawn  because  of  the  small  quantity  of  Sul¬ 
phur  contained  in  our  Iron  by  Hydrogen..  If  you 
wish  to  take  it  as  it  is,  we  shall  be  willing 
to  supply  you.  If,  however,  you  want  Iron  by 
Hydrogen  free  of  Sulphur  (U.  S.  P.)  we  will  have 
to  experiment  further,  and  the  price  will  be 
higher  than  our  previous  quotation. 

In  our  process  of  manufacture  we  use 
Sulphate  of  Iron,  and  are  not  equipped  to  use 
Chlorides . 

Yours  very  truly. 

Assistant  to  Ur.  Edison. 

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*e  heS  to  enquire  if  you  can  furnish  either  Bensol  |  j  || 
or  Phenol  for  delivery  next  year,  and  if  so  ‘  0  - 

for  what  deliveries  and  quantities  and  at  what 

Yours  very  truly, 



,^'lC  ^  _  _  ».,✓  4U*. 

•  Nov.  19th.  1915- 

ilr.  J.  V(.  Aylswofcth, 

2E3  Midland  Avenue, 

East  Orange,  fl.  J. 

Dear  Mr.  Aylsworth: 

1  enclose  a  letter  from  iaugh- 
lin,  Duntar  Company,  Pittsburgh,  Pa.,  in  regard 
to  Ozokerite.  I  also  send  herewith  the  two 
samples  of  Ozokerite  which  they  sent  to  us. 

Will  you  kindly  return  these,  together  with 
Laughlin,  Dunhar  Company's  letter  and  your  an¬ 
swer  to  Mr.  Edison's  memorandum. 

Yours  very  truly. 

Assistant  to  Mr.  Edison. 



C/;  /w.  ok//,,r)  j . 


C -A£r$£r$  November  \*>_/////_± 

Thomas  A>B«lBon,  Inc.,  {  5  )  l  J 

Orange,  N.  J.  ^,-S 

Attention  of  Mr.  ff.  H.  Beg£oworo£t» 

Enclosed  please  find  a  letter  from  Germania 
Hosiery  Kills',  dated  the  18th  instant.  This  letter  is 
in  reply  to  mine  in  which  I  told  them  that  if  they 
intended  to  take  a  final  action,  I  will  he  prepared  to 
aocept  their  challenge  through  our  lawyer. 

They  say  that  they  want  one  drum  the  first  of 
the  week  <m ■*>  and  thereafter  three  drums  per  month.  In 
order  to  avoid  trouble  I  certainly  wish  that  you  will 
arrange  to  ship  one  drum  early  next  week  and  then  one 
drum  every  ten  days  thereafter,  eo  that  I  will  not  have 
anything  to  worry  about. 

I  regret  very  much  that  my  mistake  caused  you 
a  great  deal  of  trouble,  but  hope  you  will  comply  with  mj 
request  with  the  view  to  helping  me. 




Philadelphia,  November  18,  1916. 

Attention  of  Mr.  S.  Takakl. 

We  are  in  reoeipt  of  yo.ur  letter  of  the  15th  instant  and 
note  that  you  say  in  reference  to  the  way  we  obtained  contract  for 
Aniline  Oil  after  our  Mr.  Arno  Sarfert  had  called  at  your  office, 
also  note  what  you  say  in  reference  to  reselling  same  at  a  fabu- 
loueferice  in  the  open  market,  and  beg  to  state  that  the  oil  which 
we  Sola  in  the  open  market  was  not  the  oil  which  we  secured  from 
the  Thos.  Edison  plant,'  but  was  oil  for  which  we  had  contracted 
and  which  was  not  satisfactory  for  our  purpose  but  having  placed 
the  contract  we  had  to  take  the  oil  in  and  the  only  outlet  for 
same  was  to  resell  it  and  the  price  we  sola  the  oil  for  was  very 
near  the  price  we  paid  for  it,  and  to  this  we  had  to  aad  our  ex¬ 
penses  for  handling. 

How  you  can  rest  assured  that'there  is  no  Thos.  Edison 
oil  leaving  this  plant  with  the  exception  of  oil  for  uses  in  our 
own  mills. 

In  reference  to  speaking  to  the  Secretary  of  the  T.  Edison 
plant  it  was  our  Mr.  Arno  Sarfert  who  was  in  New  York  City  at  that 
time  but  he  is  now  on  the  road  and  will  not  be  able  to  obtain  any 
information  as  to  just  what  happened  there  until  such  a  time  as  he 
returns  from  this  trip  or  when  we  can  receive  information  by  mail. 

Now  the  oil  which  we  have  been  receiving  from  the  Thos. 
Edison  plant  has  been  solely  used  in  our  2  plants  and  we  found  same 
to  be  very  satisfactory,  therefore  sold  our  other  contract  which 
we  had  received  from  another  party. 

Hoping  this  will  clear  up  your  view  as  to  what  the  cir¬ 
culars  were  sent  out  for,  we  beg  to  remain 

Yours  very  truly, 


(signed)  Harry  Sarfert. 

p.  S.  As  to  shipments  of  oil  thould  you  be  able  to  send  us  a 
drum  the  first  of  the  week  we  would  be  very  well  satisfied  and  we 
have  no  intentions  of  going  any  further  into  the  matter  if  we  have 
thl  understanding  that  you  will  make  delivery  each  week  or  at  least 
3  drums  (900)poundsj  per  month. 

If  you  desire  the  names  of  concerns  for  whom  we  are  dye¬ 
ing  we  will  send  same  upon  request  and  thereby  convince  you  we  are 
using  this  oil  ourselves. 

(Bigned)  Harry  Sarfert. 


Mov.  22nd.  1915. 

Butterworth- Judson  Company, 

60  Wall  Street, 

Mew  York  City. 


■  Kef erring  to  the  interview  between  your  Mr.  Burkin  and 
myself  on  Saturday  last,  I  write  to  confirm  the  understanding  and 
arrangements  we  then  arrived  at. 

Under  my  contract  with  you  for  Mixed  Acids  for  use  at 
my  Aniline  Plant  during  the  year  1916,  I  have  already  agreed  to 
deliver  to  you  free  one  hundred  twenty-five  (125)  tons  of  Spent 
Acid  per  month,  as  part  consideration  of  the  purchase  price  of 
Mixed  Acids  supplied  by  you  to  me  during  1916. 

At  the  interview  between  itr.  Burking  and  myself  on  Satur 
day  last  I  agreed  to  sell  to  you  all  the  remainder  of  the  Spent 
Acid  coming  from  tie  operation  of  my  Aniline  Plant  during  the  year 
1916,  at  eight  dollars  ($8.00)  per  ton,  loaded  into  your  oars  at 
my  plant,  you  to  furnish  me  with  an  Egg,  as  agreed.  I  now  beg  to 
confirm  this  sale  to  you,  and  shall  be  obliged  if  you  will  kindly 
write  me  in  reply  confirming  this  understanding  and  your  purchase. 

Yours  very  truly, 

(signed)  fhos.  A. Edison. 

We  take  pleaoure  in  confirming  herewith  our  telephone 
advice  of  this  morning  to  the  effect  that  General  Appraiser  Browiv 
under  date  of  the  20th  instant,  has  rendered  hie  deoiBion  in 
the  matter  of  your  reappraieemente  on  benzol  shipped  by  the 
Dominion  Iron  &  Steel  Co.  through  F.  W.  Myers  &  Co,  The  decision 
in  question  holds  the  correct  dutiable  value  of  the  benzol  to  be 
twenty-five  cents  per  gallon  less  freight  and  consular  fee,  such 
value  being  the  value  declared  by  you  on  entry  of  the  merchandise. 
The  decision  in  question  becomes  final  and  conclusive 
on  all  parties  unless  appealed  from  by  the  Collector  before 
December  1st.  If  such  an  appeal  is  taken  we  have  strong  hopes 
of  winning  out  before  the  Board  of  Three  General  Appraisers. 

We  shall  follow  this  matter  up  with  pare  and  Bhall 
advise  you  of  any  future  developments. 

Very  tru^/ yours, 


Hov.  23rd.  1915. 

XI.  P.  Morgan  &  Company, 

Export  Department, 

23  Viall  Street, 

Hew  York  City. 


I  am  in  receipt  of  your  favor  of  the  18th  instant  in¬ 
quiring  whether  I  can  furnish  either  Benzol  or  Phenol  for  delivery 
next  year,  for  the  French  Government.  Let  me  say  in  reply  that 
this  inquiry  comes  too  late,  as  X  have  sold  the  entire  capacity 
of  both  my  Benzol  ana  Phenol  Plants  for  the  year  1916.  I  think 
Benzol  can  he  obtained  from  others. 

I  believe  that  the  Phenol  required  could  be  obtained 
if.  the  French  Government  would  advance  the  money  to  erect  Acid 
aid'  Phenol  Plants,  but  in  my  opinion  nothotherwiBe.  They  have 
been  wasting  time  for  over  a  year  on  the  Phenol-Picric  Acid 
business,  and  they  do  not  seem  to  know  how  to  get  results. 

Yours  very  truly. 


Hov.  23rd.  1915. 

Mr.  B.  H.  Banister,  Vice  fresident. 

Woodward  Iron  Company, 

Woodward,  Ala. 

Bear  Mr.  Banister: 

I  am  in  receipt  of  your  favor  of  the  15th  instant 
in  regard  to  naphthaline-  I  have  written  to  Mr*  Opdyke,  in¬ 
structing  him  to  furnish  you  with  memoranda  of  all  naphthaline 
shipped  from  the  plant  from  time  to  time.  On  the  basis  of 
these  memoranda,  will  you  kindly  have  bills  rendered  against  me 
for  the  royalty  on  the  basis  of  eight  (8)  pounds  of  naphthaline 
being  equal  to  one  (1)  gallon  of  Solvent  naphtha,  that  is  to  say, 
the  naphthaline  should  be  billed  to  mo  at  1  l/4^  per  pound. 
Herewith  I  return  letter  of  your  Mr.  HilBon  and  two  billB  against 
me  for  naphthaline  at  2 4  per  pound.  Will  you  kindly  have  cor¬ 
rected  bills  sent  to  me. 

In  regard  to  selling  your  naphthaline,  I  think  your 
suggestion  Is  a  good  one,  namely,  that  we  should  send  you  sales 
memoranda  covering  the  naphthaline  we  sell  for  your  account, 
and  you  can  bill  direct  against  the  buyer.  I  think  this  will 
be  an  admirable  way  of  handling  the  matter. 

YourB  very  truly. 

Enclosure . 


Thomas  A,  Edison,  Esq.  , 

Orange,  H.  J. 

November  23rd,  1915. 

Dear  Sir:- 

I  am  in  receipt  of  your  favor  of  the  16th  inst. 
calling  attention  to  the  faot  that  you  have  not  been  getting 
your  full  quantity  of  Benzol. 

Without  entering  into  the  question  of  the  exact 
number  of  gallons  you  were  to  get  per  day,  and  which  was 
the  subject  of  several  letters  between  yourself  and  our 
President,  I  will  point  out  that  we  have  shipped  your  tank 
oars  in  every  case  promptly  on  arrival.  This  applies,  of 
course,  to  after  we  got  in- operation. 

Our  Traffic  Department  have  been  in  communication 
with  your  Traffic  Manager  asking  for  advice  as  to  tank  oars, 
and  we  find  that  one  oar  was  shipped  to  us  on  the  15th  inst. 
and  there  is  no  advice  of  anything  further. 

Wa  will  be  very  pleased  indeed  to  ship  you  the 
minimum  quantity  regularly  and  we  only  ask  for  your  tank  cars 
to  reach  us  in  good  time  so  that  we  may  do  so . 


Yours  faithfully. 


,JFhe  Bayer  Company,  inc. 



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ork,  Nov.  23,  1915 

.  H.  Meadowcroft,  Esq-W  '  ^V> 

c/o  Edison  l/oratory  M  ) 

,  n.  j.  p  v 

Mr.  Simon*  Just  phoned”  me  that  you  are  in  need  of 
aspirin  and  I  t&e  great  pleasure  in  sending  you  our  new  packing  of 
aspirin  tabled.  The  small  boxes  are  handy  to  be  carried  in  the 
pocket  and  ft  course,  may  be  refilled  from  the  larger  bottles. 

h  manufacturing  aspirin  in  Albany,  and  this 
/ manufacture  has  only  become  possible  because  Mr.  Edison  is  delivering 
to  our  Company  through  me  the  carbolic  acid,  which  is  the  raw  mater¬ 
ial  for  aspirin.  It  is  generally  recognized  that  aspirin  is  today 
the  most  popular  remedy  and  that  larger  quantities  of  it  are  used 
than  of  any  other  drug,  not  excepting  quinine.  If  it  had  not  been 
for  Mr.  Edison,  this  important  remedy  could  not  have  been  produced 
to  the  great  detriment  of  the  sick  and  suffering  of  the  United 

With  kindest  regards,  I  remain 

Verjr^tru yours,^ 

Dr.  H.  Schweitzer. 

10  bots.  100's 
2  boxes  12' s 


;!Se  are  in  receipt  ofj  your  favour  of  lltJu,^ 
inat.,  contents  of  which  have  our  attention.^  j 
In  the  event  of  your  being  able  to  obtain'? 
than  you  require  at  55  oenta  per  gallon, 
would  be  glad  if  you  couli  make  us  an  offer,  as  we 
would  be  buyers  of  -2°  Pur/e  Benzol  at  7X)  cents 
per  American  gallon,  New; York,  drums  extra, 
for  deliver  to  June  next/ year./  Possibly,  we 
might  even  pay  a  little /more.: 

Under  these  circumstances,  we  would  be  pleased 
to  hear  from  .you"  by  cable,  should  occasion  .arise. 


liendel  Samuel  &  Sons , 

157  Commerce  Street, 
bewark ,  li.  J. 

Sent le men; 

The  Iroh  Borings  that  yon  have  been 
delivering  to  our  Aniline  Ilant  are  very  un¬ 
satisfactory  and  are  not  in  accordance  with 
your  contract.  If  you  will  please  call  at  the 
Laboratory  and  see  Mr.  Meadoweroft  on  Friday 
ho  will  discuss  the  matter  with  you. 

Yours  very  truly, 

Edison  Laboratory. 

ilov.  24th.  1916. 

Prof.  Vi.  K.  Orndorff, 

Cornell  University, 

Department  of  Chemistry, 

Ithatfa,  H.  Y. 

Dear  Sir: 

Replying  to  your  favor  of  the 
20th  instant,  I  beg  to  say  that  farapheny- 
lenediamine  is  on&  of  the  chemicals  we 
use  at  our  works  hore  in  the  making  of  disc 
phonograph  records.  It  is  also  generally 
used  by  fur  dyers  for  producing  a  black, 
for  which  there  iB  no  good  substitute.  It 
is  also  used  for  dyeing  purposes  by  manu¬ 
facturers  of  artifioal  human  hair. 

Yours  very  truly. 


Pennsylvania  Tank  Line 

I  /  General  Offices  ^  y 

The  Thomas  A.  Edison. Company, \Jf 
Orange,  New  Jersey.  r 

You  are  now  leasing  from  us  two  (2)  10,650 

'ion  capacity  Cars  for  the  transportation  of  Benzol, 
fa  we  are  writing  to  ash  if  you  would  he  interested  in  \  ^  (U 

leasing  additional  Oars  at  this  time?  f  fo' 

We  are  in  a  position  to  name  you  an  attractive  ^ 
price  and  would  appreciate  your  advising  us  hy  return  ^  ^ 

how  many  additional  Cars  you  would  he  interested  in,  and  ^  ^ 

we  will  then  submit  you  our  proposition  in  full  and  feel  ^ 

sure  same  will  he  interesting.  ,  /  c\^C  I 

Thanking  you  in  anticipation  of  a  favorable 

Yours  very  truly,  k,.  “V  1^  . 

PENNSYLVANIA  TANK  EIHE.  /  ^  ^  l ^ ' 



11ms  Goodyear  Tfr©  &BnUlMir  €©. 

ATknr-tfmrn ■  (tBlhdto .  Nov.  24,  1915. 

Mr.  Thomas  A.  Edison, 

Orange,  H.  J. 

Bear  Air.  Edison:- 

This  letter  will  introduce  to  you  Air . 

C.  R.  Johnson,  who  is  in  charge  of  our  laboratory, 
and  who  desires  to  arrange  with  your  Company  for  a 
modest  supply  of  Paraphenylene-diamine , -  for  exper¬ 
imental  uses  at  the  moment  hut  which  we  may  want  to 
use  in  quantity  later. 

Will  you  he  hind  enough  to  direct  him  to 
the  proper  person  for  the  information  that  he  requires, 

and  oblige , 

office's  i 
45  Park  Placo 


Main  Works 
RAHWAY.  N.  J. 



NEW  YORK,  Nov.  26,  1915. 

Plonso  address  your  Orders  lo  "Merck  Co.,  Rahway,  N.  J.”  (our  Works  and 

Q/rs/  Edison  Laboratory, 

We  again  respectfully  refer  to  our  recent 

correspondence  regarding  various  items  on  which  you 

quoted  us  some  time  ago. 

Please  be  good  enough  to  advise  us  if  the 
investigations  of  your  chemists  have  been  completed, 
and  if  you  anticipate  being  in  a  position  to  submit 
samples  at  an  early  date> 

Very  truly  yours, 

Attested MERCK  &  CO. 





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MITSUI  &  CO.  LTD. , 

26  Madison  Ave 

Mew  York,  November  26th.  1916. 

Thomas  A.  Edison,  Inc., 

Orange,  N.  J. 

Attention  of  Mr.  W.  E.  Meadowcroft. 


We  thank  you  for  your  letter  of  the 
23rd  instant,  advising  us  that  you  will  take 
all  the  pure  Benzol  coming  out  of  your  Woodward 
Plant,  up  to  the  end  of  the  year  1916,  at  the 
price  of  60^  per  gallon. 

Yours  very  truly,’ 

MITSUI  &  CO.  LTD., 

by  (signed)  Shunzo  Takaki. 

ST: VC, 

They  have  succeeded,  and  are  now  turning  out  a  produot  which  has 
been  nooepted  hy  physicians  as  equal  to  if  not  superior,  to  the 
original  606. 

Their  work  was  undertaken  for  the  good  of  humanity  at 
the  suggestion  of  the  Canadian  Government.  Up  to  the  present  time  at 
least,  they  have  made  no  attempt  to  make  money  out  of  the  invention. 

My  friend  Candee  tells  me  that  there  is  an  enormous  demand  for  the 
drug,  physicians  going  to  Toronto  from  all  parts  of  the  United  States 
in  order  to  obtain  some  of  it  for  their  patients.  He  says  that  the 
main  difficulty  haB  been  to  procure  the  relatively  small  amount, 

75  to  100  pounds  a  day,  of  Phenol  which  is  required. 

I  thought  that  you  might  be  able  to  help  them,  and  in 
mentioning  the  matter  to  Ur.  Hutchison  I  learned  that  you  had  already 
been  approached  by  Ur.  Van  der  linde  in  the  same  matter,  but  that  you 
had  not  felt  satisfied  with  the  good  faith  of  his  statement  that  the 
Phenol  would  not  be  used  for  munitions.  I  therefore  write  to  say 



to  Mr.  Ihos.  A.  Edison 
Oats.  lOV.  26,  1915. 

Sheet  no.  2 

that  Dr.  Van  aer  linde  is  the  accredited  representative  of  Messrs. 
Candee  and  Maoallum,  who  are  doing  business  under  the  neme  of  the 
Synthetic  Drug  Company  of  Toronto,  and  that  if  you  see  fit  or  find 
it  possible  to  let  them  have  a  small  but  regular  supply  of  Phenol, 
it  will  be  used  only  for  beneficent  purposes.  I  know  all  about  this 
whole  proposition  and  everybody  in  it.  They  are  all  right  and 
inspired  by  the  highest  motives.  I  think  you  will  hear  from  them 
again  within  a  few  days. 


fflolnrs,  (Eljpmtrala,  ©tla  attb  fHmmtl  prflimrtH 


99  John  and  11-18  Cuvr  Streets 



1  ( 

The  undersigned  just  returned  from  a  trip  Eas' 
and  learns  from  your  favor  of  the  23rd  of  deliveries  of 
Aniline  Oil  on  contract  orders  hooked. 

While  I  appreciate  the  fact  you  are  furnishing  some 
of  this  material  to  the  Millville  kfg.  Co.  and  iirestone  Tire. 

&  Aubher  Company  against  backward  deliveries,  still  the  quantities 
you  are  furnishing  are  much  smaller  than  those  which  you  re¬ 
peatedly  promised  you  would  furnish,  the  difference  1  assume 
being  due  to  the  fact  that  after  promising  me  repeatedly  to  make 
more  substantial  shipments  against  back  orders  than  you  have  been 
making,  you  changed  your  plans  and  have  been  making  deliveries  to 
other  parties  or  against  other  orders  you  have  booked. 

If  my  assumption  in  this  connection  is  correct,  I  feel 
quite  certain  you  v/ill  realise'  your  actions  are  unfair  to  my 
customers  and  self.  In  short,  after  receiving  your  repeated 
assurances  about  more  substantially  catching  up  with  back  deliveries 
than  results  showiai-,  I  assured  my  customers  of  what  you  had 
promised  and  hove  not  been  able  to  reconcile  them  to  your  failure 
to  make  good. 

They  understand  you  are  running  to  full  capacity  and 
reason  that  by  so  doing,  you  should  not  only  be  able  to  give  them 
the  monthly  specified  quantities  as  provided  for  in  their  orders, 
but  also  to  give  them  a  substantial  quantity  against  back  deliveries, 
on  which  you  were  short. 

Please  see  and  let  me  knov/  if  you  cannot  make  a  better 
showing  on  back  deliveries  so  -that!  I  can  convey  encouraging 
news  you  give  me  to  customers  to  pacify  them. 

Thanking  you  in  advance^-for  any  relief  you  con  offer 
for  the  embarrassing  position  of^customers  and  myself,  I  am 



<•  y^yy/^yr/y'  November  37th,  .////  5. 

Mr.  VI.  H.  Meadowcroft, 

The  Edison  Laboratory, 

Orange,  II.  J. 

Dear  Sir  :- 

Shipment  of  Phenol. 

Tie  learned  from  the  telephone  conversation  which 
we  had  with  you  yesterday  that  we  wont  be  able  to  get  the 
next  carload  shipment  of  Phenol  by  next  Friday,  December  4th 
due  to  your  failure  to  obtain  raw  material  for  the  manufacture 
of  Phenol  on  account  of  the  congestion  in  railway  transporta¬ 
tion,  and  we  also  learned  you  are  trying  to  obtain  affidavit 
from  the  railway  people  for  this  mattex^adT 

Tie  do  not  want  to  push  you  too  hard,  knowing  that  - 
you  have  trouble  in  getting  the  raw  material,  but  we  are -very- 
anxious  to  fulfill  our  contract  with  our  Government,  and  we 
again  numerate  as  below  figures  for  your  reference: 

The  quantity  so  far  shipped  is  170,831  Us.  On 
December  4th  we  should  get  one  carload  of  about  35,000  Its., 
making  a  total  quantity  of  195,831  Its.  to  be  shipped  by 
December  4th.  There  are  only  33  working  days  left  for  this 

To  The  Edison  Laboratory  -  11/37/15. 

-  2  - 

year  and  the  quantity  to  be  shipped  during  that  period  should 
*  137,169  Its.  Therefore  it  gives  a  daily  quantity  of  over 
5700  Its.  which  is  more  than  6  drums  per  day. 

*e  know  it  is  too  hard  to  ship  all  of  the  remaining 
quantity  out  during  the  contracted  period.  We  are  trying  to 
persuade  the  Government  to  agree  to  our  shipment  of  300,000  U.. 
during  this  year,  postponing  the  shipment  of  the  remaining 
33  000  Its.  to  the  first  part  of  next  year,  and  we  are  pretty 
sure  that  they  will  agree  to  our  proposition  without  insisting 

upon  our  paying  penalty  for  the  delay. 

In  order  to  ship  300,000  Its.  during  this  year,  we  will 
have  to  a.t  you  to  .hip  at  th.  tate  of  .hoot  4700  I».  P« 
lay,  aod  ..  -old  appr.ol.te  yool  .vet,  effort  "■  ”llh 

the  above  ..»tlo».d  ®>antlty  dull*  the  rest  of  the  »  that 
we  wont  have  to  suffer  any  loss. 

Thanking  you  in  advance  for  your  kind  effort  in  this 


matter,  we  remain, 

Very  truly  yours, 



/  Hov.  29,  1916. 

Mr.  Thomas  A.  Edison,  UUMW  1 

”“r  sir:  ^  ^ 

V/o  regret  to  state  ^ha^te  afe 

any  information  regarding 

The  information  we  wrote  yon  a~bout  8 /■.{%?[  Jl< 

22nd  oame  from  an  article  in  ^ 

paper,  as  follows: 

"Martins  Perry,  Ohio,  |ov.  20  - 

SS  2%S“i  tesTtT^7 

operations  through  a  lack  of  sulphuric  i  y* 
aSid,  the  price  of  which  has  advanced,  tacmwC  -J" 

as  the  war  reduced  the  supply  until  weekB  1  •m0^ 

have  been  loBt  to  millB  and  employees  (jtjJJ. * 

through  the  shortage.  Thomas  A.  Edison  \  , 

and  1^0  nu^AM***. 

has  saved  the  industry,  according  uu 
information  received  from  Bellmont  and 
Toffsraon  Gountv  mills.  He  invented  what  -4" 

is  known  as "Edison  Compound"  from  ty-Pro^ucts^ 
of  uowder  mills,  and  as  these  are  running  full 
time  the  supply  is  plentiful.  The  new  method 
is  proving  a  success  in  making  galvanised  sheets 
end  tin  nlate." 


Yours  very  truly, 

Phillips  Sheet  &  Tin  Plate  Company, 
^Purchasing  Agent. 

i\  w. 





^  ^  .ffiv  dear  Mr. learning; 

One  of  our  people  a  clip¬ 
ping  from  the "Philadelphia  Reeord"somet  lioh  was 

Mr.  II.  T.  Deeming, 

o/o  Thomas  A.Edison.Inc. , 
New  York.M.Y. 

>  r, 

S.&vV'  ,  ' 

5  I  p 

headed  "EdiBon  Saves  Tinplate  hy  an  American  Device",  and 
refers  to  a  substitute  for  Sulphur io‘"Ao i d  in  compound  form. 

Do  you  know  anything  of  this, 


.  could  you  give  me  any  in- 

!  ^  formation  concerning  it?  /  Knowing  you  personally,  I 

thought  it  would  not  Jb.e*'amis s  to  address  you  on  this  subject. 
,  ,  llf  this  is  a  commercial  proposition,  is  on  the  market,  and 

\  ^  -inn  oan  give^me  any  data,  it  will  be  very  mucljhppr  eclated. 

''With  kind  personal  regards,  believe  me, 

Sincerely  yours. 


CO-uC-  ^ 

.-  ezyC^ir  *-& 



Iroa  Company 

November  29,  1915* 


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W  Thomee  A.  Edieon,  y^/  \  /  ^  V  Jy 

d\t  Sir:- 

\  Kindly  refer  to  your  letter  of  November  26th  with  reference 
to  50o\ellons  of  benzol  per  day  for  ell  of  next  year. 

\  are  not  at  the  preeent  time  in  poeition  to  quote  on  thie 

benzol  ae  al^et^  are  ,blo 

The  rising  you  for  yoor  letter,  we  are, 

_  Lv  •  Youra  truly, 


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iidUnt  secretary 

Mr.  Shomas  E.  Murray, 
ft  H.  F.  Brady, 

54  Wall  Street, 

Hew  York  City. 

My  dear  Mr.  Murray: 

X  suppose  you  will  probably 
receive  the  enclosed  check  for  §15,000.00 
to  the  order  of  H.  F.  Brady  with  as  much 
pleasure  as  I  have  in  sending  it.  This  com¬ 
pletes  the  return  of  the  §05,000.00  originally 
sent  by  Mr.  Brady  to  Mr.  Edison. 

Yours  very  truly, 

Assistant  to  Mr.  EdiBon. 


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1915.  Chemicals  (E-15-18) 

The  Norwich  pharmacae  Company 

Main  Office  and  Laboratories 

Thomas  Edison,  Inc. ,  / 

East  Orange,  N.J.  / 

Gentlemen:  '  \  S  ? 

.We  have  experienceVl-a4el<in  attempting  to  use  Carbolic 
Acid  of  American  production  in  our  various' pharmaceutical  products 
difficulties  with  a  disagreeable  od^r  resembling  commercial  dis¬ 
infectant.  For  the  purpose  of  assisting  us  in  the  conducting  of 
thorough  investigation,  will  you/4e  good  enough  to  send  by  express 
for  our  account  and  at  our  expose  1  lb.  bottle  of  your  Acid.  In 
case  the  quality  of  your  product  is  satisfactory,  will  you  be 
position  to, as  an  accommodation, supply  us  a  limited  quantity,  say 

300  to  300  lbs.  and  at  what  price? 

/  Very  t±uly  yours, 


GLM:  LM  / 


Norwich  Dental  Cream 


Manufactured  by 



Deoember  1,  1915 

Laboratory  of  Thomas  A. Edison,  4  y 
Orange,  New  Jersey 


We  beg  to  advise  ^fou  that  the 
Government  has  appealed  from  the  favorable 
deoision  of  the  Single  General  Appraiser  in 
the  matter  of  your  reappraisement  on  benzol 
shipped  by  Dominion  Iron  &  Steel  Co. 

//truly  you: 



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2SE  as."'”  jfcb'fiXn  £-*/&  ES&W. 

W  sir:-  ^  'C  ffV 

Seorft  erf  {u^»  frGSJ  CT  gjtcAC* 

My  attention  has  been  called,  to  an  article  .  . 

in  the  St;  Louis  POBt  Dispatch  under  date  of  the  y}$*\  CeMia  •'«- 
26th  ulto.  entitled  "Edison  discovery  saves  the 
tin  plate  industry.  Inventor  supplies  safe  and 
handy  substitute  for  Sulphuric  Acid."  No  doubt  v 

you  will  be  interested  to  know  that  letters  Patentg.  "r 

of  the  United  States  numbered  702,050,  dated 

June  10,  1902,  have  been  issued  quite  some  years_^  J .  X 

covering  this  method  or  process.  aB  I  assume 
naturally  that  the  compound  referred  to  is  nitre  A 
cake.  fteEvT  * 

The  E.  I.  duPont  de  Nemours  Powder  Co.  .  I  . 
are  exclusive  licensees  for  the  sale  of  nitre  cakej^*  -• 

to  be  used  for  pickling  purposes  and  have  for  \ 
some  years  been  selling  large  quantities  of  nitre..  «*/ 

cake  for  this  purpose.  The  patent  is  one  which  O 

I  think  you  will  find  is  rather  well  known  among  »  fg  V,  ^ 
the  manufacturers  of  explosives  and  has  already 
been  sustained.  ’  l 

This  letter  is  not  written  with  the  idea  £~ 
of  serving  any  notice  of  infringement  upon  you  £*&-*-* 
as  the  writer  has  no  information  which  would 
Justify  such  notice,  but  in  view  of  your  interest 
in  the  matter  and  your  apparent  lack  of  informa¬ 
tion  concerning  the  patent  in  question  and  the 
use  of  the  by-product  as  stated,  it  waB  thought 
that  you  should  be  informed  in  the  premises. 

Yours  very  truly, 

0.  )&JUL 

Dec .  3rd .  1916 . 

Strauss  &  Hedges, 

12  Broadway, 

Hew  York  City.  . 

Gentlemen : 

I  beg  to  acknowledge  receipt  of 
your  favor  of  the  first  instant  advising 
us  that  the  Government  has  appealed  from 
the  favorable  decision  of  the  Single  General 
Appraiser  in  the  matter  of  our  reappraisement 
on  our  Benzol  shipped  by  the  Dominion  Iron 
&  Steel  Company. 

Your  letter  has  been. shown  to  Mr. 
Edison,  and  he  hopes  that  there  will  be  no 
very  great  delay  in  bringing  this  mattor  to 
a  final  settlement. 

Yours  very  truly, 

Assistant  to  Mr.  Edison. 

December  3rd.  1916. 

Mr.  Edison: 

We  have  sold  you  160  tons  of  Oleum  over  next  year 
at  1  l/8  cents  per  pound,  F.  0.  B.  Hudson  River^ Bayonne  Works. 
260  tons  of  98$  Sulphuric  Acid  at  1  cent  per  pound,  F.  0.  B.  ... 
Works.  160  tons  98$  Sulphuric  Acid  which  we  have  purchased 
from  Butterv.orth  &  Judson  for  your  account  at  $40.00.  X  think 
that  the  latter  7.111  he  delivered  at  freight  paid.  We  will 
have  the  contracts  ready  for  this  material  on  1'ueuday  or  Wednes¬ 
day  of  next  week. 

Sincerely  yours. 

December  5,  1915 

Laboratory  of  Thomas  A.  Edison, 

Orange,  New  Jersey. 


Attention  of  Mr,  Meadowcroft 
Replying  to  your  letter  of  the  3rd  instant,  we  beg  to 
advise  you  that  the  appeal  of  the  Government  from  the  favorable 
deoision  of  the  single  General  Appraieer  in  the  natter  of  your 
importation  of  benzol  at  Rouses  Point  has  been  set  for  hearing 
on  Thursday,  December  30th.  This  is  the  earliest  possible  date 
on  which  we  can  be  heard  and  we  believe  that  a  decision  will  be 
rendered  very  shortly  thereafter. 

The  decision  thuB  nade  by  the  Board  of  Three  General 
Appraisers  will  be  final  and  conclusive,  no  further  appeal 
being  by  law  permitted  to  either  the  Government  or  the  importers. 

Very  truly  yours{ < 


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Blagden,  Waugh  &  Co., 

4  Lloyd's  Avenue, 

London,  B.  C., 

England . 

Gentlemen:  £UBE  BEHZOL: 

I  have  received  your  favor  of  the 
23rd  ultimo,  and  v.ould  say  in  reply  that  I 
will  he  on  the  lookout  for  you  in  regard  to 
obtaining  some  pure  Benzol  from  America. 

If  there  is  any  opportunity  of  helping  you 
out  I  shall  be  glad  to  do  so . 

Your b  very  truly. 

Dec*  6th 


Mr.  Stanley  Doggett, 

99  John  Street, 

Uew  York  City. 

Dear  Sir : 

Your  favor  of  the  36th  ultimo  came  to  hand  in  due 
season  and  v;as  laid  before  Mr-  Edison.  I  mast  ask  your  in¬ 
dulgence  for  the  do lay  in  making  reply,  as  we  have  been  extra¬ 
ordinarily  busy  here  the  last  few  weeks,  and  our  mail  has 
suffered  accordingly. 

Mr.  Edison  wishes  me  to  say  that  we  are  doing  the 
best  we  can  in  regard  to  deliveries  of  aniline  Oil,  as  we  told 
you  iri|a  previous  letter,  we  are  shipping  the  full  monthly 
quota  that  was  contracted  supplied  at  this  time,  and 
in  addition  we  are  sending  something  on  account  of  the  arrears. 

•  We  are  treating  all  our  customers  alike,  and  the 
other  customers  are  getting  the  some  relative  proportion  of 
backward  deliveries  that  your  customers  are  receiving.  *e  ao 
not  see  how  we  can  do  any  better  than  we  are  doing. 

Yours  very  truly. 

ABSiBtant  to  J.Ir.  Edison. 

Thos.  A.  Edison,  Ino 
Orange,  N.  J. 


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. .  Attention  oPfe^W^.  Ueado^croft.  / 

We  beg  to  confirm  the  proceedings  of  the  conference 
at  your  office  among  yourself,  Mr.  Mason,  Mr.  Mingle  and  myself 
and  also  beg  to  give  you  the  figures  for  your  reference. 

The  Heroules  Powder  Co.  proposition  is  that  they  will 
wait  until  February  1st,  1916  and  that  we  are  to  do  our  very 
beet  to  make  up  the  deficiency  between  130  gallons  per  day  and 
the  actual  quantity  which  we  would  have  delivered  by  February  1st. 
They  are  firm  that  since  they  agree  not  to  insist  upon  their  re¬ 
ceiving  150  gallons  per  day  as  per  the  contract,  wemust  bind 
ourselves  to  deliver  130  gallons  per  day  through*  m-  the  contract 
period,  namely,  June  35th,  1915  to  December  81,  1916  even  if  we 
4  I  have  to  buy  toluol  from  other  plants  outside  of  yours  in  Woodward. 

Owing  to  our  purchase  of  a  large  quantity  of  dynamite  and  detona- 
tors,  they  really  want  to  keep  on  good  terms  with  us,  and  we  trust 
W  that  you  will  get  your  Woodward  Plant  through  Mr.  Mason  to  try  im- 

Yjjfe  “  - - -  ■"  130  -  . . "  "" 


To  Thos.  A.  Edison,  Ino.  -  13/6/15. 

increase  in  tanking  capacity  and  other  means. 

Supposing  that  we  cannot  inorease  the  Woodward  Plant 
any  more  than  100  gallons  per  day,  we  will  he  oorapelled  to  ask 
for  your  assistance  to  the  following  extent; 

1.-30  gallons  per  day  shortage  of  delivery  from 
Feb.  1st,  1916  to  Dec.  31,  1916  (equals  334 
days)  334  x  30  =  .  6»680 

3.-  To  make  up  30  gallons  per  day  shortage  of  de¬ 
livery  from  June  35,  1915  to  Feh.  1,  1916, 

(330  days)  330  x  30  . . -^jg- 

At  present  the  Hercules  people  stand  firm  that  we  must 
make  up  the  shortage  of  our  past  delivery,  namely,  4,400  gallons 
on  the  1st  of  February  1916,  and  therefore  we  appeal  to  your  gener¬ 
osity  to  Bpare  us  your  Cambria  Steel  Plant's  toluol  as  follows: 

(We  understand  that  your  Cambria  plant  turns  out  at 
least  140  gallons  per  day,  and  that  your  contract  with  J.  P. 

Morgan  &  Co.  expires  March  1,  1916  at  the  latest.) 

37  days  from  March  1st  to  April  6th  -  37  days  X  140  gallons 
equals  5,180  gallons. 

After  Anril  6th,  that  is  to  say  beginning  with  April  7th,  1916 
After  tQ  klndly  *para  UB  so  gallons  per  day  until 

Deoember  31st,  1916. 

The  prioe  which  will  be  paid  for  your  toluol  from 
Cambria  Plant  is  to  be  the  same  as  the  prioe  of  our  oontraot 
with  Hercules,  namely,  $3.18  per  gallon.  However,  we  have  to 
pay  13$  per  gallon  commission,  and  therefore  we  will  arrange 
so  that  you  will  sell  that  muoh  toluol  direct  to  the  Hercules 
the  full  $3.18  per  gallon.  (If  we  sell  your 

people  and  reoeive 

To  Thos.  A.  Edison,  Ino.  -  13/6/15. 

-  3  - 

Cambria  Plant  toluol  in  our  name  we  will  be  oompelled  to  pay 
13£  per  gallon  commission,  and  therefore  it  is  more  advisable 
for  you  to  make  the  contract  direot  with  Hercules.) 

Of  course  we  will  do  our  very  best  to  obtain  a  better 
proposition  from  the  Hercules  people,  and  we  will  work  on  it  in 
co-operation  with  Mr.  Mingle,  but  trust  that  you  will  be  good 
enough  to  agree  to  the  above  request  of  ours  and  we  will  continue 
to  negotiate  with  the  Hercules  people  so  that  we  might  be  able  to 
out  down  the  amount  of  toluol  we  have  to  obtain  from  your  Cambria 

If  you  do  not  wish  to  make  the  contract  direct  with  the 
Heroules  people  we  will  get  some  other  party  to  do  it  for  you  and 
we  will  hold  ourselves  absolutely  responsible  for  the  payment. 

Thanking  you  very  much  for  your  kindness  in  offering 
your  assistanoe  to  save  us  from  this  trouble,  and  with  kind 


Dominion  Steel  Corporation,  Limited 

Dec*  6,  1915 

Thomas  A  *  Edison,  Esq., 
Orange,  1T.J. 

X  have  yours  of  the  3rd  inst*  in  the  matter 
of  nitre  cake  for  pickling  purposes  and  will 

for  the  past  thirty  years. 

It  is  apparent  to  me  from  your  letter 
that  you  misunderstood  my  previous  communication* 
In  toat  communication  I  stated  that  I  assumed 
that  you  did  not  know  of  the  patent  of  my  client 
on  the  theory  that  if  you  did  know  of  it^there 
would  be  no. occasion  for  the  article  in  the  * 
Louis  Post  Dispatch  referred  to*  The  point ^is 
aimnly  this:  1  I  believe  that  my  client  has,  a 
valid  patent  covering  the  pickling  ofironbythe 

,1R~  of  nitre  cake.  The  article  in  the  St*  Louis 
Poet  Dispatch  might  lead  the  trade  to  suppose 
that  you  had  a  competitive  process  °r 
were  the  inventor  of  the  prooess  and  in 
affect  the  rights  of  my  clients*  I  understand 
now  however,  from  your  letter  that  you  knew 
nothing  of  the  article,  but  this  seems  to  deepen 
the  mystery  ,  and  of  ciurse  I  will  appreciate 
any  further  information  you  can  let  me  have, 
and  in  the  meantime,  remain, 

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FILE  No. 

National  Lead  Company 


SUBJECT  •  .  ■■ 

f  Mr.  Thomas  A.  Edison, 

TO  (  Orange, 

\  New  Jersey. 

FROM  WALTER  M.  LOWRY,  DATE  Deo.  6,  1915. 

Dear  Sir: 

We  note  an  article  published  in  the  St.  Louis  Post 
Dispatch  dated  Pittsburg,  November  27,  stating  that  you  have 
recently  discovered  a  substitute  for  sulphuric  acid  for  the 
pickeling  of  steel.  "The  writer  mentions  this  as  "Edison's 
Compound"  put  up  in  cake  form,  the  cakes  to  be  dissolved  in 
water  to  produce  a  pickeling  liquor. 

We  are  users  of  sulphuric  acid  and  would  be  pleased 
to  have  you  forward  information  as  to  where  "Edison's  Compound" 

oan  be  obtained. 

Mr.  William  H.  Meadowcroft, 

Assistant  to  Mr..  SdiBon, 

Orange,  N.  J. 

My  dear  Mr.  Meadowcroft 

I  acknowledge  receipt  of  your  favor  of  the 
3rd  inst.  and  take  note  that  you  hope  to  he  able  to 
furniBh  ub,  beginning  with  January,  200  pounds  of  Phenol, 
per  day.  -  As  soon  as  you  can  make  a  further  increase 
in  these  deliveries,  I  truBt  that  you  will  let  me  know. 

As  previously  informed  you,  our  requiroments 
during  normal  times  were  somewhat  like  250,000  pounds 
per  year,  but,  of  course,  with  the  present  upset  conditions, 
it  is  very  hard  to  say  what  our  actual  requirements  are. 
Nevertheless,  I  wish  to  repeat  that  they  are  far  greater  than 
200  pounds  per  day  and  X  therefore  trust  that  you  will  soon 
be  able  to  make  further  increases  in  your  deliveries. 

~  U  s:S.8QUiB3 




tfd  - 

Dec.  7th.  191t . 

i'he  .Norwich  Pharmacal  Company, 

Uorwich,  h.  Y. 


I  am  in  receipt  of  your  favor  of  the  first  instant,' 
in  regard  to  Carbolic  Acid,  and  in  accordance  with  your  re|uest 
1  am  having  e-nt  to  you  from  one  of  my  Carbolic  Plants  a  pound 
sample,  fhis  will  be  forwarded  by  express,  and  there  will  be 
no  charge  for  it.  I  slit  11  be  greatly  obliged  ro  you  if  you  will 
let  mo  know  if  there  is  anything  wrong  with  my  production. 

I  have  contracted  for  ill  my  output  for  this  year  and 
part  of  next  year,  let  mo  say  for  your  information,  however,  that 
the  American  Oil  &  Supply  Co.,  5£  Lafayette  Street,  llewark,  XI. J., 
are  supplied  by  me  under  contract,  and  they  may  have  some  to  sell. 

Yours  very  truly. 


Selling  Agent  for  the  General  Chemical  Co. 

Newark,  H.  J.  December  7th  ,1916. 

THOMAS  A.  EDISON,  Orange,  New  Jersey, 

Hereby  purchases,  and  agrees  to  receive  from  the  American  Oil  &  Supply  Co. 
a  corporation,  and  the  said  American  Oil  &  Supply  Co.,  hereby  sells  to 
Thomas  A.  Edison,  the  entire  quantities  of  Sulphuric  Acid  herein  specified 
required  by  said  Thomas  A.  Edison  for  his  own  use  and  consumption  in 
factory  located  at  Silver  Lake,  New  Jersey  during  the  period  from  January 
1st,  1916  to  December  31st.  1918  inclusive,  and  from  year  to  year  there¬ 
after  unless  written  notice  to  the  contrary  be  given  by  either  party  at 
least  six  months  previous  to  the  date  on  which  any  such  yearly  extension 

is  to  commence. 

ssk  ssr  f - 

livered  during  the  previous  year,  plus  10%,  except  a 

T^eonsideration  of  there  being  no  minimum  quantity  named 
{J  this ^contract  the  Buyer  aglees  to  purchase  his  supply 
exclusively  from  the  Seller,  over  the  period  named  except 
during  year  1916  f 

QUALITY.  Commercial  Fuming  Sulphuric  Acid,  averaging  20%  Free  S03 

DELIVERIES.  jgr|ey^einBap^oximately"equalSmonthly  quantities°through- 
out  the  period  of  the  contract. 

PRICES.  Fuming  Sulphuric  Acid  20%  Free  S03  $1-12  l/«  Per  100  11,6 ' 

basis- 20%  Free  S03 

Terms,  net  cash  in  thirty  days  from  date  of  invoice. 

Hegular  conditions. 


Accepted  Thos.  A.  Edison. 

0  0  H  T  RAC  T 
Office  of 


Hew  Tork,  H.Y.  > 

(Dated)  December  7th, 1915. 

THOMAS  A.  EDI 3  CM , INC . ,  Orange,  Hew  Jersey.  « 

Hereby  Purchases.  a  corporation^ 

The  said  General  Chemical  Company  hereby  sells  to  Thomas  A.  Edison,  Inc. 

The  entire  Quantities  of  Sulphuric  Acid,  herein  specified. 

Required  by  said  Thomas  A.  Edison,  ino.  for  its  own  use  and  consumption 

in  factory  located  at  Silver  Lake,  Hew  Jersey.  During  the  period. 

»«- «. 

rra  sas  srsrss  S2j£ 

XJ  £.•£? 

During  the  succeeding  years  of  this  contract  the  annual  quantity 
shall  not  exceed  that  delivered  during  the  previous  year,  plus 

I^consideration0of0therePbeing  ho  minimum  quantity  named  in  this 
contract,  the  Buyer  agrees  to  purchaseitsaupplyexclusively  fro 
the  Seller  over  the  period  named  except  during  year  1916. 

Quality  Commercial  Sulphuric  Acid,  averaging  98$. 

Prices  Sulphuric  Acid  98$  41.00  per  100  lbs.  basis  98$ 

Terms,  Hot  Cash  In  Thirty  Days  less  1$  for  cash  in  ten  days 

Deliveries  ^^^^^""m^m^^tiWes  Sgh^e’perVof  the  contract. 

Conditions t  Paymnet  H  treated^raeparate'^rindependent  contract,  but 

Ea„th  s  mmiTr^ofYrder!  purchase  or  payment  -dor  this  or 

mv,  oaP*  TfLSCr^rles  on  this  contract,  except  for  cash.when- 
T  Tver  LneUer  for  aS^reason  shall  have  any  doubt  as  to  the  buyer*  a  re- 


“  rtSS&WSSSSSSsrtt 

.  -  -  - 

ten  days  before  time  of  shipment. 




•  Deo.  8th.  1915. 

Merck  &  Company, 

46  Park  Place, 

Hew  York  City. 


Referring  to  our  correspondence  since  October  1st,  and  to 
the  telephone  conversation  this  day  between  your  Mr.  Kerrigan  and  ■ 
my  Assistant,  Mr*  Meadowcroft,  I  think  it  will  bo  well  to  Bum  up  in 
this-  letter  the  quotation  we  have  heretofore  made  you  on  various 
chemicals . 

Red  Oxide  Iron  C.  ?.,  16  cents  per  pound. 

Iron  by  Hydrogen  C.  P.  Grade  A,  28  1/2  cents  per  pound 
"  .  "  "  C.  P.  "  B,  29  cents  per  pound 

Mercury  Oxide,  1.79* cents  per  pound. 

Sulphate  Cobalt,  60  cents  per  pound 

Hydrate  Cobalt,  §1.54  per  pound. 

She  iron  products  are  made  from  special  Swedish  iron,  triple 
crystallized.  All  these  chemicals  are  of  great  purity,  as  your  tests 
will  show.  I  would  say  in  regard  to  the  Iron  by  Hydrogen  that  it  1b 
C.  P.  except  that  it  contains  two-tenths  of  lfr  of -Sulphur;  due  to  the 
fact  that  we  make  if  from  Sulphate  and  not  from  the  Chloride-  We 
would  say  forlyour  information  that  we  are  Belling  it  to  other  chemical 
houses  notwithstanding  this  small  percentage  of  Sulphur.  Aside  from 
the  Sulphur.,  it  is  the  purest  iron  in  the  market.  .  ■  ' 

I  have  instructed  our  Works  to  send  you  samples  of  all  the 
above  products.  Eheae  will  be  addressed  to  your  Mr-  Kerrigan,  as  ar¬ 
ranged  over  the  telephone. 

Yours  very  truly,  ' 

December  8th.  1915. 

Mr.  Miller: 

Will  you  pleate  send  to  Mr.  Kerrigan,  Merck  & 
Company,  45  Park  Place,  Hew  York,  half  pound  samplee  of  each 
of  the  following: 

Ked  Oxide  Iron, 

Iron  by  Hydrogen,  Grade  A, 

"  "  ”  "  B , 

Mercury  Oxide, 

Sulphate .Cobalt, 

Hydrate  Cobalt. 

Chore  has  been  a  good  deal  of  delay  in  taking  up  these 
matters  with  Merck  &  Company,  so  I  want  these  sauries  shipped 
out  very  promptly,  tomorrow  if  you  con. 

Merck  &  Company  are  well  aware  that  there  is  Sulphur 
in  our  Iron  by  Hydrogen,  but  they  want  the  samples  just  the 
same.  Please  give  this  your  prompt  attention. 

■&L*L  f~/6~ 

Cl^cLo-oO  , 

. Unl^. 

i-iu  S^.  Tiiv-^A  . 


j^^aJsst- j&*ek...  sfe«*.  ^ 


Dec.  8th.  19X5. 

Dr.  Theodore  Weicker,  Vice  President, 

E.  B.  Squibb  &  Sons, 

78  Beekman  Street, 

Hew  York  City. 

My  dear  Dr.  Weicker: 

I  am  in  receipt  of  your  favor  of  the  sixth  in¬ 
stant,  which  I  have  Bhown  to  Mr.  Edison.  In  order  to  avoid 
any  misunderstanding,  let  me  say  that  we  cannot  necessarily 
begin  deliveries  of  the  200  pounds  per  day  early  in  January, 
but  expect  to  begin  sometime  during  the  month.  By  reason  of 
Borne  contingencies  which  we  were  entirely  unable  to  control, 
our  contract  shipping  requirements  in  January  will  be  exceed¬ 
ingly  heavy.  We  shall  begin  the  deliveries  of  200  pounds  a 
day  as  soon  as  possible.  In  February  and  March  we  can  increase 
a  little,  but  after  March,  and  for  the  remainder  of  the  year, 
we  might  be  able  to  take  care  of  you  to  the  full  extent  of  your 
requirements,  up  to,  say  250,000  pounds  per  year. 

I  think,  if  you  will  allow  me  to  suggest,  it 
would  be  to  the  effect  that  you  kindly  look  into  the  matter  and 
see  what  your  requirements  will  be  for  next  year,  as  we  are  now 
arranging  to  make  our  contracts.  Kindly  adviBe  me  at  your  early 

Yours  very  truly. 

Deo.  10th.  1916. 

Woodward  Iron  Company, 

Woodward,  Ala. 


lief  erring  once  more  to  my  in¬ 
quiry  about  Benzol  for  next  year  and  to 
your  reply  stating  that  you  have  contracted 
all  you  are  able  to  make,  may  I  trouble  you 
once  more  in  the  matter  to  aek  if  you  will 
kindly  let  me  know  how  long  your  Benzol  con¬ 
tracts  run. 

Yours  very  truly, 

y/Mur//r/s^ .  _, 


10,  1915. 

3  thank  you  for  information 

Ir.  Thomas  A.  Edison, 

Orange,  H.  J* 

)ear  Sir:- 

Your  favor  of  Dec.  6th  to  hand,  and  i 

contained  oonoerning  Seydel  Mfg.  Co. 

oot,  that  you  .ro  maltin'  •  -all  vuattm  of  of 

sad,  daily  and  —1.  «•  to  »*c  you  a  Proposition  regarding  *” 

sane.  arc  constantly  in  the  -riot  for  this  natorlal.  and  hav. 

accordingly  aslod  your  »r.  U.ado.oroft  to  fomard  u.  a  .»plo-  «  *“ 
quality  is  satisfactory  no  111  *•  Pl«»*  '»  «“  «“  ”P  ’1,h  y“U‘ 

Yours  very  truly. 

y  truxy, 

''sfjjL  %'  h 

cember  10th.  1915. 

l'°”‘  luMeTti  ■*+H*Z' 

V;.  £ .  Gray  &  CompaAjr/callea  me  up  this  mroning.  (y 

Y;.  £.  Gray  &  Companjr/called  me  up  ti 
You  v.ill  remember  that  a  few  days  ago  when  v;e  v 
we  called  their  attention  to  the  fact  that  you 
a  little  Acetate  of  Soda  every  day.  They  askec 

i  tell  them  the  exact  amount. 

They  want  us  to  send  a  sample* 

;  to  make  a  definite^pro'position  e 

market  was  fluctuating, 'and  it  is  very  much  higher  than 
normal..  They  spoke  of  making  you  a  proposition  to  sell  it 
for  you-'on  a  certain  basis  and  suggested  that  we  hold  what 
we'' have  got  until  they  have  seen  our  sample,  as  they  might  be 
able  to  move  all  we  have  on  hand  very  quickly. 



Mr.  Thomas  A.  Edison, 
Orange,  H.  J. 

My  dear  Mr.  Edison: 

In  regard  to  the  Toluol  Production  at  Woodward  and 
Johnstown  Plants,  I  beg  to  submit  the  following: 


.1- - The  Woodward  Plant  started  operating  May  31st,  1915. 

Pure  Toluol  shipped  September  -8022 

"  "  "  December  2nd  ‘-8304 

Estimated  production  Pure  Toluol  /2341 '' 

from  stock  December  2nd  V _ _ 

Total  Hay  3l  -  Dec .  2  =  183  days  18667 

Which  is  equivalent  to  102  gal.  per  day. 

As  the  plant  was  delayed  considerably  in  June,  July, 
and  August  due  to  water  trouble,  we  should  be  very  conservative  in 
estimating  102  gallons  per  day. 


Stock  Pure  Toluol  on  hand  July  3rd  560 

Estimated  production  Pure  Toluol  from  crude  stock 

July  3rd  3890 

Total  Pure  Toluol  July  3rd.  _ —  4460 

Shipped  July  28th  -  2542 

"  Aug.  25th  -  3664 

"  Sept. 18th  -  3192 

"  Oct.  20th  -  4406 

»  Nov.  24th  -  4936 

Estimated  produc¬ 
tion  from  stock 

Dec.  2nd - 11021 

Total— - — - 29761. 

.Stock  on  hang;  4450 



Total  production  Pure  Toluol  July  3  to  Dec.  2  =  152  days 
=  25311  gallons . 

=  166  galons  per  day. 

‘gage  two- 

As  thCarJwas  a  comparatively  small  output  i’n  July  and 
August,  I  think  you  can  conservatively  estimate  the  production  of 
Toluol  at  the  Johnstown  Plant  as  166  gallons  per  day. 

As  the  operations  of  the  coke  ovens,  water  ana  power 
supply  are  beyond  our  control,  a  change  in  present  methods  might 
affect  the£SCestimates  materially. 

Yours  very  truly, 

Every  Wednesday 

Weekly  Drug  Markets  — 

D.  O.  HAYNES  &  Co.  The  Soda  Fountain 
Publishers  *fiSS$£sSt£X‘ 

-  -itSSss* 

and  students  No.  3  PARK  PLACE,  NEW  YORK 

Att:  Mr  William  H  Meadoworoft 

New  Yor4  Jeoembe:f  1X»  x3±ls 

We  are  very  anxious idget  an  aoourate  line  on  tlie 
development  during  th^paet  year  in  the  manufacture  of 
phenol  in  the  United  States.  We  desire  this  information 
for  our  Annual  Review  Humber,  published  early  in  January, 
in  whioh  we  shall  review  the  drug  and  ohemioal  markets 
for  1915.  The  increased  produotion  of  phenol  bearB  some¬ 
what  important  relation  to  the  fcntire  market. 

We  would  greatly  appreciate  a  letter  from  you  telling 
us  what  your  Company  has  done  so  far,  and  what  you  contem¬ 
plate  being  able  to  do  in  the  manufacture  of  phenol.  This 
information  wife  would  like  to  use  with  or  without  your  name. 
Your  name  will  positively  not  be  UBed  in  connection  with 
any  information  you  give  us  if  you  do  not  wish  it.  We  pre¬ 
fer  however,  to  be  able  to  use  the  name  of  your  Company  to 
give  authenticity  to  anything  that  we  may;  say. 

If  for  any  reason  you  do  not  care  to  give  this  information 
in  a  letter,  would  it  be  agreeable  to  you  to  have  one  of  our 
representatives  oall  to  see  you,  and  if  so  what  would  be  a 
proper  and  convenient  time? 


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Thoraas  A.  Edison,  Inc. 
Orange,  N.  J. 

Gentlemen:-  f 

Your  Mr.  Ueadowor^t  transmitted  your  message 
to  me  this  morning  to  the/£ffeot  that  you  can  most  likely 
obtain  19  gallons  more  Toluol  ,  140  gallons  more  of  Benzol, 
and  9  gallons  of  Solvent  Naphtha,  per  day  if  you  put  in 
another  set  of  pumps  with  another  Hirtzel  Steel,  at  the 
cost  of  approximately  $5,000. 

We  also  understand' -that  it  will  take  between 
40  and  50  days  to  install  them,  - 

We  heartily  endorse  your  suggestion  and  request 
you  to  make  this  instalment  at  your  earliest  oonvenienoe  and 
oharge  the  same  to  our  joint  account. 

Thanking  you  for  your  close  attention,  we  are 
Yours  very  truly, 

December  l^th.  1915. 

Hr.  C.  H.  Opdylce , 

%  Woodward  Iron  Co., 

Woodward,  Ala.  . 

delivery. arid  suggestions  as  to- what  you  require  for 
installation. . 

W.  H.  MASOH . 



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Laboratory  of 
tTlfimnas  A.  Edison, 
VS  5  Orange ,  N .  J . 

December  13,  1916. 

^  ^  ^  Attention  -  W.  H.  Meadowcroft. 

^  "c^  jT^Gentle^en : 

^  ^  4  iL  We  are  anxiously  awaiting  report  referred 

;^4  *t$K  |fb  in  your  letter  of  the  29th  ult.  It  would  be  a 
2  $  \  A  &reat  accommodation  to  us  if  you  could  send  this  to 

X  "is  within  the  next  day  or  so. 

^  within  the  next  day  or  so. 

At  .y--*.  Trusting  you  can  conver 

1  rc)  ™  this  request,  we  remain 
'  Yours  very  truly. 

i  conveniently  comply  with 


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Thomas  A.  Edison,  (y U--  U->  -*’*'*£  (  f $  .  — - 

“"S1"  |+u  "’''“‘“l  r 

We  refer  to  a  letter  received  from  you  sometime  ago  in 
you  elaimed  that  you  were  manufacturing  Pamphenylenediandne  and  that 
by  this  time  you  would  be  increasingjfou^oujput^f^he 

Will  you  kindly  let  us  what  you  are  doing  on  this  and  . 

whether  you  are  in  a  position  now  to  sell  jis  some 
2500  pounds  if  it  ie  right.  To  v>«> 

■"  . .  . . .  _ _  tin  ner  100  i  / 

Awaiting  your  kind  reply,  we  remain 


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Mr.  Thomas  A.  Bdison, j 
West  Orange,  H.  J. 

My  dear  Mr.  3d  is on: - 

During  my  last  visit  you  in¬ 
formed  me  that  you  had  some  time  ago  discovered 
at  some  temperature  finely,  divided  iron  would 
fix  Hydrogen  and  nitrogen  as  one  of  the  Ammonia 
compounds.  Having  spent  so  much  time  on  the 
subject  of  the  fixation  of  nitrogen  it  immedi¬ 
ately  arrested  my  attention.  Have  you  ever 
attempted  to  patent  the  same,  if  not,  why  not  do 
so  now,  it  might  save  to  this  country  a  great 


If  your  time  is  too  much 

taken  up,  no  doubt  there  is  plenty  of  assistance 
to  be  had. 

Very  truly  yours. 


December  14th,  1915.  stingy. 


Orange,  H.  J.  go# 

Thomas  A.  Edison,  Esq, 

Bear  Slr:  AtSL 

We  are  very  pleated  to  note  from  your  letter 
6f  the  10th  Instant,  that  you  have  gotten  over  the  diff¬ 
iculty  which  oonfronted  you  in  the  case  of  shipments  in 
carB  5&1  and  519,  and  that  the  trouble  was  that  these 
shipments  contained  to  muoh  Benzol  HeadB  instead  of 
Toluol.  We  are  reasonably  Bure  you  will  have  been  well 
satisfied  with  our  last  shipment  and  needleBB  to  say  it 
will  be  our  endeavor  to  meet  your  requirements  in  every 
possible  way. 

Yours  faithfully. 

1)800101)61  15  th.  1916. 

Mr.  Kammerhoff: 

..Thomas  A.  Edison,  Inc.  get  from 
us  a  drum  of  Benzol  a  week  for  use  in  the  Record 

They  now  want  to  have  3  drums  every 
2  weeks.  Mr.  Edison  says  it  is  all  right  to  let 
them  have  it. 


arrange  to  sell  this.  I  presume  that  Mr . 
Edison  will  not  want  to  add  any  further  opera¬ 
tions  made  on  it,  bat  would  probably  want  to 
offer  the  product  just  as  it  oomes. 

Yours  very  truly, 



Deo. 16, 1915, 

D.  0.  Haynes  &  Co., 
3  Park  Plaoe, 

How  York  City. 


Replying  to  your  in¬ 
quiry  of  the  11th  inst.  in  regard  to  phenol 
manufactured  by  me,  let  me  say  that  I  have 
two  factories,  one  of  which  manufactures 
about  7000  pounds  daily  and  the  other  6000 
pounds  daily.  The  latter  will  have  a  ca¬ 
pacity  of  9000  pounds  daily  a  little  later 
on.  The  whole  of  this  phenol  is  used  in 
the  United  States,  and  none  exported  as 
phenol,  or  in  the  form  of  Pictceio  Acid. 

You  are  at  liberty 

to  use  gy  name  in  connection  with  this  state¬ 

Yours  very  truly, 

Deo.  16th.  1916 

A.  Hoenigsberger,  Esq., 

12  £o.  Market  Street, 

Chicago,  Ill. 

Dear  Sir: 

Replying  to  your  favor  of  the  13th  inBtant,  we  beg 
to  Bay  that  we  are  now  manufacturing  Paraphenylenecl  iamine  in 
a  larger  quantity  than  we  were  at  the  time  of  our  previous 
communication,  and  we  could  arrange  to  let  you  have  26  to  60 
pounds  occasionally  at  §4.00  per  pound.  We  are  aware,  of  course, 
that  this  is  a  high  price,  but  the  prices  of  raw  materials  have 
gone  up  enormously,  and  we  have  to  pay  more  for  labor.  In  this 
connection  we  may  also  remark  any  Bmaller  quantities  we  are 
getting  §6.00  per  pound.  As  we  are  only  making  a  very  moderate 
quantity,  and  have  demands  for  more  than  we  can  fill,  it  is  all 
furnished  on  a  basis  of  spot  cash,  leBB  1$  discount. 

Our  product  is  spoken  of  very  highly  by  the  users, 
and  the  fur  dyers  around  here  are  using  as  much  as  we  can  sup¬ 
ply  them  with.  We. are  sending  you  a  two  pound  sample  by  ex¬ 

lours  very  truly, 

Edison  laboratory. 

Dec.  17th.  1916 ■ 

General  Chemical  Company, 

25  Broad  Street, 

Hew  York  City. 

Gentlemen : 

I  have  a  contract  with  yon  for  700 
tons  of  98c/.  Sulphuric  Acia,  deliveries  as  called 
for  over  a  period  of  one  year,  from  March  1st, 

1915  to  February  28th,  1916.  This  is  for  my  Ben¬ 
zol  Plant  at  Johnstown,  Pa. 

I  trust  you  will  bo  able  to  renew  this 
contract  for  another  year  after  its  expiration. 

It  is  only  a  comparatively  small  quantity, but  I 
thould  be  very  seriously  inconvenienced  without  it, 

X  am  very  anxious  to  get  all  theBe  mat¬ 
ters  closed  so  bb  to  relieve  my  mind  of  them,  und 
in  anticipation  of  hearing  from  you  favorably,  I 


Yours  very  truly, 

C.  H.  Opdyke , 

Woodward  Iron  Oo., 
Woodward ,  Ala . 

•See  Mr.  Woodward. or  Mr-  Banister  and  find  out  whether  you 
can  borrow  three  coolers  which  we  would  return  immediate 
in  case  of  breakdown  in  their  plant  and  would. alsa  replace 
anyway  as  soon  as  we  can  get  new  ones.  By  doing  this  we 
should  he  able  to  get  the  extra  Hirzel  running  in  about  a 
month.  Wire  answer. 

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Hear  .Admiral  Samuel  I.loGowon,  U.  8.H., 

Paymaster  General, 

Bureau  of  Supplies  and  Accounts, 

Havy  Department, 

Washington,  D.  C. 

SUBJECT  -  Contract  25233,  Schedule  0057 , 
Class  272,  Carbolic  Acid. 

1.  Under  the  above  mentioned  contract,  dated  April  5,  1915, 
between  Thomas  Alva  Edison  and  Bureau  of  Supplies  and  Accounts 
United  States  Havy,  a  total  of  270,000  pounds  of  crystal  carbolic 
acid  is  called  for,  in  equal  monthly  quantities  of  11260  pounds 
for  twenty- four  succeoslvo  months. 

2.  By  reason  of  the  fact  that  the  Bureau  of  Ordnance  Has 
not  equipped  at  Indian  Head  for  the  manufacture  of  explosive  D, 

it  was  agroe'd  that  shipment  of  any  carbolic  acid  would  be  deferred 
until  about  Deoombor  fifth,  1915,  seven  months  after  the  date 
when  deliveries  were  to  have  fess»  begun.  . 

3.  Under  date  of  Hay  8th,  1915,  Hr.  Peoples  wrote: 

"....The  terms  of  delivery  under  your  contract 
are  hereby  modified  to  require  the  initial 
delivery  to  be  made  December  first,  1916, 
deliveries  to  proceed  thereafter  at  the  rate 
of  eighteen  thousand  pounds  por  month  until 
the  270,000  pounds  of  carbolic  acid  are  de¬ 
livered  within  two  years  after  the  date  of 
the  contract  an  stated." 

Aoting  on  the  information  contained  in  this  letter,  and  without 
figuring  it  out.  Hr.  Edison  made  delivery  of  18,000  pounds  on 
Deoember  third. 

rery  scarce  article  with  us,  with 
a  very  large  uemauu,  «.  u».Aet  price  of  from  $1.10  to  §1.25 
per  pound,  Mr.  Edison  is  anxious  to^Tulfill  bis  oontract  with 
the  Bureau  as  to  furnish  a  proportionate  quantity  represented 
by  a  total  of  seventeen  months  in  which  to  deliver  270,000  pounds 
or  a  total  of  16,882  pounds  per  month. 

5.  Tho  first  shipment  of  18,000  pounds  will  bo  waived  tho 
excess  amount  ovor  16,882  pounds  to  be  deducted  from  tho  last 
month's  shipment,  in  April.  1917,  but  Mr.  Mis  on  respectfully 
requests  that  the  monthly  shipments  hereafter  be  set  at  approx¬ 
imately  15,882  pounds  until  tho  contract  is  filled. 

6.  Inasmuch  as  tho  oontraot  was  dated  April  6th,  Mr.  Kdison 
respectfully  requests  that  time  of  delivery  fob  cars  Silver  -ake , 

J.  -be  get  as  not  later  than  tho  fifth  day  of  each  month.  It 
would  bo  an  impossibility  for  us  to  sot  out  16,802  pounds  for 
shipment  January  first,  but  wo  could  do  so  without  any  difficulty 
for  shipment  January  fifth. 


Ohiof  Engineer  to  and 

Poroon&l  representative  of 
Mr.  Thomas  A.  Kdison. 


Deo.  20th.  1915 

S'.  Vi'.  Myers  &  Company, 

Bouses  Point,  II.  Y. 


Mr.  Edison  wants  me  to  ask  you  a  ques¬ 
tion  on  a  point  as  to  which  he  would  like  to  have 
some  information. 

He  would  like  to  ascertain  if  any,  and 
how  much  Benzol  other  than  that  consigned  to  us 
has  passed  into  the  United  States  from  Canada. 

If  you  canno t'ivanswer '  this  question  broadly,  can  you 
tell  him  how  much  Benzol,  other  than  ours  has 
passed  into  the  United  States  from  Canada  through 
Bouses  Point. 

Yours  very  truly. 

Assistant  to  Mr.  Edison. 


December,  21,  191b. 

r  your  note  referr 

f  Benzol,  following 

shows  quantity  used  based  on  present  Production  of  £0,000  per  day. 

25  Gals  per  day  mixed  with  Amber  Rosin  6.  Oil  Black  for  coloring 
Plaster  of  Parish. 

1+  Gals  per  day  dissolving  rubber  for  cushioning 

x“  Gel  ner  day  cleaning  rubber  from  the  Cushioning  B™snes  . 

2  Gals  per  day  Cleaning  Label  and  Pront  end  0.  record. 

1  Gal  ner  day  clean  ins  Grease  coating  houlds  Suorea  -n 

Mould  Vault . 

2  Gals  per  day  cleaning  and  polishing  cylinder  Sub-Master  Moulds. 
.,1  32^-  Gals.  Benzol  used  per  day 

_ 6  Working  Days  per  week 

1925  Gals  Benzol  used  per  week. 

105  Gals  per  Drum 
?  Drums  per  Week. 
210  Gallons 

American  Oil  &  Supply  Go.  JJ 

Oils,  Greases,  Acids,  Chemicals 

52-54-56  Lafayette  Street 

Newark, N.J.  Deo.  20th,  19 

Mr.  T.  A.  Edison, 

Orange,  N.  ■ 

Dear  Sir:- 

We  wish  to  advise  that  we  have  received  rather 

Attention  Mr.  W.  H.  Meadowcroft. 

a  seriouB  complaint  from  our  customer  the  Bayway  Chemical 
Company  with  reference  to  the  quality  of  the  Solvent 
Naphtha  shipped  them  from  the  Woodward,  Ala.  plant. 

The  material  which  we  have  Been  selling  them 
from  the  Johnstown  plant  and  the  samples  which  we  submitted 

when  we  secured  their  business  tested  90#  at  160.  The 
material  from  Woodward  tests  79#  at  160. 

Will  you  please  take  this  up  with  the  proper 
authorities  and  have  us  advised  promptly  what  information 
we  can  give  our  customer  as  they  have  only  used  three  drums 
from  the  Woodward  shipment  and  are  holding  the  balance 
.waiting  to  hear  from  us. 

Will  you  also  please  refer  to  our  previous 
correspondence  with  reference  to  the  different  unit  of 
billing  used  by  the  Johnstown  and  Woodward  plants.  The 
Woodward  plant  are  billing  us  7  l/4-lbs.  of  Solvent  Naphtha 
to  the  gallon  and  the  Johnstown  plant  7.1,_lbs.  to  the  gallon. 

Yours  very  truly, 

American  Oil  &  Supply^ 


your  consent  to  put  our  own  man  in  your  Carbolic  Acid  Plant 
to  learn  how  to  manufacture  it,  we  must  first  find  out  if  it 
would  pay  us  to  build  such  a  plant  in  Japan,  and  for  this  rea- 
eon  I  have  consulted  with  Mr.  Tsutsumi  whom  I  introduced  to 
you  last  week,  and  prepared  the  following  questions  to  ask  you: 

1.-  Pure  Benzol: 

(a)  What  is  the  specification  of  Pure  Benzol 
which  you  use  for  the  making  of  pure 

We  want  to  know  the  degree  of  temperature 
at  which  it  is  distilled,  also  if  we  ®ust 
be  oareful  not  to  have  any  otherelements 
such  as  carbon  by-oulphate,  sulphur  oom 
pound,  etc. 

a  -  Sulphuric  Add. 

(a)  Do  you  use 

66°  Beaume  sulphuric  acid. 

To  Thoe.  A.  Edison,  Inc.  -  13/30/15. 

-  3  - 

(t>)  Do  you  use  fuming  sulphurio  acid,  and  if 
so,  what  is  the  percentage  of  free  sulph¬ 
uric  acid  therein? 

(c)  What  is  the  quantity  of  such  sulphurio 
acid  necessary  to  go  with  one  gallon  of 
Pure  Benzol? 

3. -  Caustic  Soda: 

(a)  What  is  the  specification  or  purity? 

(h)  Are  there  any  impurities  therein  which 
we  must  be  careful  to  avoid? 

(c)  What  is  the  quantity  of  caustic  soda  you 
need  for  each  gallon  of  Pure  Benzol? 

4. -  Calcium  Oxide-?  or  Quick  Lime.; 

(a)  What  is  the  specification? 

(b)  What  is -the  quantity  of  quick  limeto  go 
for  one  gallon  of  Pure  Benzol? 

5. -  Soda  Ash: 

(a)  What  is  the  specification? 

(b)  Are  there  any  impurities  which  we  must  be 
careful  to  eliminate? 

(c)  What  is  the  quantity  of  soda  ash  to  go 
with  one  gallon  of  Pure  Benzol. 

6. -  Sulphuric  Acid  or  Carbolic  Acid  for  Neutralization: 

(a)  Do  you  use  chamber  acid? 

(b)  If  not  what  is  the  specification  of  such 
acid .  aiu!'-, 

(o)  What  is  the  quantity  needed  to  go  with  one 
gallon  on  Pure  Benzol? 

7. -  Are  there  any  other  chemicals  whioh  you  use  for  the  making  of 

Phenol  at  your  plant?  If  so,  what  are  the  names,  specifications, 

and  quantities  used. 

If  we  obtain  the  above  information,  Mr.  Tsutsumi  and 

To  Thoe.  A.  Edison,  Ino.  12/30/15. 

-  3  - 

myself  can  go  over  the  price  list  of  those  materials  and  find  out 
exactly  how  much  they  oost  us  in  Japan.  ( Kindly  go  over  this  upon 
receipt  of  this  letter  and  we  will  come  out  to  see  you  either  on 
Wednesday  afternoon  or  Thursday  morning.^ 

Besides  the  above,  we  want  to  know  the  following  ex¬ 

1.-  Coal  and  steam 

3a-  Labor 

3.**  Repairs 

4i-  Waste  and  miscellaneous. 

5.-  Plant. 

Also  area  of  the  building,  cost  of  building  and  cost 
of  machineries.^//' 

To  these  we  trust  you  will  be  good  enough  to  let  us 
have  the  figures  from  your  books  the  same  as  you  allowed  us  in 
the  case  of  Aniline  Oil  Plant. 

We  take  this  opportunity  to  advise  you  that  our  Miike 
Coke  Oven  By-Products  Plant  are  already  obtaining  Benzol,  Toluol, 
Xylol  and  Solvent  Naptha  by  Kopper  system  and  also  they  are 
already  making  pure  aniline  oil  which  they  just  started  to  sell 
in  the  Japanese  market  early  this  month,  and  therefore  Mr.  Tsutsumi 
will  only  be  interested  in  Carbolic  Acid  Plant  on  which  he  has 
done  a  great  deal  of  laboratory  experiments. 

We  expect  to  obtain  the  copies  of  the  patents  for 
Indigo  paste  very  shortly  and  aB  soon  as  we  receive  them  we  will 
send  them  to  you  for  your  kind  assistance. 

December  1916. 

Mr.  Kamraerhoff : 

2he-  Blue  --.mborol  Hocord  Department  have  in- 
creaeed  production,  and  they  will  want  an  additional  60  gal¬ 
lons  of  Benzol  per  week.  Shis  makes  the  deliveries  two  drums 
per  week,  instead  of  3  drums  In  2  weeks.  : 

Mr.  Edison  says  that  we  shall  have  to  let  them 
have  it.  After  the  Holidays  we  may  be  able  to  decrease  this 

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Bee.  SlBt.  1916. 

American  Oil  &  Supply  Co., 
62  Lafayette  Street, 
Hewark,  If.  J. 

X  have  received  your  favor  of  the  20th  instant  in  re¬ 
gard  to  the  complaint  of  the  Bayway  Chemical  Company  in  reference 
to  quality  of  Solvent  Ilaphtha,  and  have  seen  Mr.  Edison  about  it. 

He  says  that  the  test  figures  as  given  for  both  the 
Johnstown  and  Woodward  products  are  both  authoritative  and  in¬ 
dicate  Solvent  Haphtha  according  tothe  books  written  on 
jeot.  Che  trouble  is  that  different  coals  have  different  vola¬ 
tilities,  and  the  Solvent  Ilaphtha  from  one  coal  will  test  differ¬ 
ently  from  the  Solvent  Haphtha  of  another  coal-  This  difference 
exists  as  regards  the  Johnstown  and  Woodward  coals.  Product 

shipned  by  ui  from  Johnstown  ana  Woodward  to  the  Bayway  Chemical 
Company  is  Solvent  Haphtha  in  each  case,  ana  is  just  what  we  get 
from  the  coal. 

Hr-.  .Edison  regrets  the  difference  very  much,  but  says  _ 
that  he  will  be  unable  to  do  anything  better  in  regard  to  the  Wood¬ 
ward  Solvent  Haphtha.  If  the  Bayway  Chemical  Company  cannot  use 
it,  we  shall  of  course  have  to  seek  another  outlet. 

How  in  regard  to  the  different  unit  of  billing  used  by- 
the  Johnstown  and  Woodward  Plants  for  Solvent  Haphtha,  I  beg  to 
say  that  the  figures  of  the  Soodward  Plant  arecorrect. 
books  give  7.26  to  7.4  pounds  of  Solvent  Haphtha  to  thegallon. 

•;he  Johnstown  figure  is  wrong,  but  as  it  was  our  mistake  in  the 
beginning,  we  will  let  it  go. 

Yours  very  truly. 

Assistant  to  Mr.  Edison. 

Doc .  21st.  1915. 

Mr.  J.  ?•  McHaughton,  General  Sales  Agent, 
Dominion  Iron  &  Steel  Company,  Ltd., 

Dear  Sir: 

I  am  in  receipt  of  your  favor  of  the  14th  instant, 
and  have  noted  the  contents  of  the  same. 

I  am  very  anxious  to  know  how  soon  you  can  increase 
your  shipments  of  pure  Benzol  to  me  up  to  the  extent  of  800 
gallonE  a  day  as  per  our  contract.  You  will  hear  in  mind  that 
I  have  tried  to  accommodate  you  hy  consenting  to  receive  a 
smaller  quantity  until  you  got. on  your  feet.  I  understand  that 
you  have  now  reached  this  position,  and  I  trust,  that  you  will 
now  reciprocate  hy  beginning  shipments  at  once  of  the  quantity 

v.hich  you  contracted  to  supply  to  me . 

Yours  very  truly. 

Dec  •  218-6.  1915. 

Eastman  Kodak  Company, 

Hoehester,  U.  y.  Attention  of  Ur.  C.  W.  Markus. 

Dear  Sir: 

I  received  your  favor  of  the  15th  instant  in  regard 
to  Carbolic  Acid,  and  v.ould  say  in  roply  that  we  could  help  you 
out  with  a  small  drum  of  about  250  pounds  at  $1.00  per  pound, 
but  this  is  all  we  can  spare  at  this  time.  By  reason  of  the 
terrible  congestion  of  freights  we  have  had  great  difficulty 
in  getting  our  raw  materials,  and,  therefore,  can  spare  but 
little  Carbolic  Acia  at  this  time . . 

yours  very  truly. 

Assistant  to  Mr.  Edison. 




December  31.  1915. 

product  ooko  manufacture.  To  obtain  data  upon  which  to  bass  a  preliminary 
estimate  of  those  products  for  1915,  for  release  on  or  about  the  first  of 

January  next  with  the  other  preliminary  estimates  prepared  by  the  Geological 
Survey,  inquiry  blanks  similar  to  that  inclosed  were  sent  to  all  by-product 
coke  plants  throughout  the  United  States. 

Information  has  been  received  from  Hr.  H.  W.  HoAteer,  Comptroller 
of  the  Cambria  Steel  Company,  of  Johnstown,  Pa.,  to  the  effect  that  applica¬ 
tion  should  bo  made  to  you  for  statistics  covering  the  Edison  plant  at  Johns¬ 
town.  Figures  for  the  Steel  Company's  plant  have  been  furnished  by  that  com¬ 

You  will  understand,  of  course,  that  the  statistics  desired  will  be 
held  absolutely  confidential  and  that  only  totals  for  the  whole  country  will 
be  published.  As  the  estimate  must  be  prepared  within  the  next  few  days,  if 
it  is  to  be  printed  and  released  by  the  first  of  the  year,  and  a3  reports  from 
nearly  all  of  the  producing  companies  have  been  received,  an  early  reply  will 
be  appreciated.  Will  you  not  be  good  enough  to  advise  me  also  of  the  locations 
of  any  Edison  plants  for  the  recovery  of  benzol,  in  addition  to  those  at  Wood- 


ward,  Ala.,  and  Johnstown,  Pa. 

Tours  very  truly, 

Goolosist  in  Charge  of  Coal  and  Coke 


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Mr.  Thoe.  A.  Edison 

While  v>e  do  not  anticipate  that  conditions  will 
change  in  the  near  future,  still  they  may  change, and 
if  they  do,  we  will  bear  you  in  mind.  We  have  a 
great  deal  of  construction  work  in  progress,  out  to 
complete  it  under  the  extraordinary  conditions  existing 
is  a  very  difficult  task, consequently  we  can  not  esti¬ 
mate  when  it  will  become  effective,  but  perhaps  by  next 
July  we  might  be  able  to  serve  you  at  Johnstown, and  we 
certainly  would  be  able  to  serve  you  as  of  January  1st, 
1917.  If  you  are  interested  in  the  matter,  we  should  be 
pleased  to  submit  to  you  a  proposition  covering  your  sup¬ 
ply  from  January  1st, 1917  on, and’  we  await  your  further  ad¬ 
vices  in  this  respect. 

Yours  very  truly, 




Eecombor  21,  1915. 

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Can  you  kindly  inform  mo  of  just  how  many  tons  (or  pounds)  you 
now  producing  monthly  of  auilins,  carbolic  acid,  and  paraphonylenetfiamina, 
and  an"  other  coal-tar  derivatives?  These  figures,  of  course  wilY  do  con¬ 
sidered  confidential.  I  wish  to  use  them  in  establishing  a  iota#  for  the 
entire  industry,  portraying  its  exact  status  in  this  stage  of 
Your  own  r;ork  in  this  connection  is  possibly  the  most  notaole 
has  blazed  the  trail  for  others  who  are  also  doing  good  pioneer 

You  will  be  pleased  to  know  that  we  are  now  manufacturing  about  one- 
ha1  f  of  the  totul  amount  of  artificial  colors  used  by  Amapican  textile  an- 
other  interests.  Fifteen  months  ago  wo  were  manufacturing  ono-ninth  and 
this  manufacturing  consisted  chiefly  of  the  assembling^  German  semi-man¬ 
ufactured  products  into  finished  dyestuffs.  / 

jvelopaont- . 

I  look  back  with  great  pleasure  upon  the  playuant  interview  with  you 
last  May,  and  am  much  indebted  to  you  for  the  helpful  suggestions  which 
woro  then  given  mo.  / 

You  have  all  the  current  periodicals, .in  yo“~  library,  I  know.  You  may 
nossibly  have  run  across  the  accounts  ojt-'my  work  in  the  "Scientific  American 
of  November  6  and  13,  and  December  4th.  I  will  Boon  issue  a  fairly  com¬ 
plete  report  of  the  preeent  statue, of  the  dyestuff  industry  and  will  take 
groat  pleasure  in  sending  you  a,copy,  as  soon  as  it  appears  in  print. 

Believe  me,  with  best  -wishes. 

lc*f  Agent. 

J Irfk  Uefc.  k* 
cJt  Jr  XZ!it  urt* 

December  22nd.  1915. 


Mr.  rials  on :  r— 

JHarr^^nt.  called  me  on  the  telephone .  He  is  trying, to 
w<CTof  Benzol  to  send  to  Japan.  He  bought  23.000  gallons  \ 
'from  the  Aetna  Explosives  Co.,  at  70^.  butjhey  said  that  was  bXlJ 

they  wanted  to  sell  just  now^^___ — 

He  thpn-tel'ep'none d  Butterworth  -  Judson  to  ask  if  they 
Benaol  the,  would  -11.  and  «.«  told  hi.  th.j 
''.Ml  sp«o  about  2800  sallows  of  98)1  oontoining  about  B  1/2# 
of  Toluol. 

Takaki  wants  to  know  if  you  would  distill  for  him.  let¬ 
ting  him  have  the  pure  Benzol  and  Toluol.  The  Toluol  he  would 
apply  on  account  of  the  Hercules  Powder  Co's-,  order.  If  you  can 
do  this,  what  would  you  charge  per  .gallon  for  distillation.  If 
you  are  willing  to  do  it  would  it  be  done  at  Silver  lake,  or 

cutC  ^ 

QJUx>  ■-  Ct^K  cu 

December  22  nd.  1916. 

t ct£*-j 

IAr.  Edison: 

Dally  has  been  using  the  20$  Oleum  which  was  con¬ 
tained  in  the  car  belonging  to  us .  He  will  reach  the  end  of 
this  Oleum  tonight. 

He  wants  to  know  whether  he  shall  now  take  one  of 
the  two  cars  of  15$  Oleum  that  we  have  had  standing  so  long. 

He  says  he  understands  that  he  will  have  to  use  a  larger 
quantity,  but  he  says  that  he  has  the  proper  proportion. 

Dally  also  says, if  you  approve, he  could  use  15$ 

Oleum  instead  of  98$  Acid,  properly  diluted,  I  suppose.  They 
are  entirely  out  of  98$  Acid  at  both  the  new  Phenol  and  Ani¬ 
line  Plants . 

The  above  are  chemical  questions ,  and  I  lay  them 
before  you,  as  I  suppose  you  will  want  to  pass  upon  them  your¬ 


December  22nd.  1915. 

Mr.  Edison: 

Mr.  Kammerhoff  reports  that  a  few 
days  ago  one  of  his  good  men  was  badly  burned 
in  the  face  with  Carbolic  Acid  and  he  will  not 
he  able  to  come  back  to  work  for  about  three 
weeks.  He  is  a  married  man  with  three  children. 

Under  the  Employers’  liability  In¬ 
surance  he  will  get  55.00  a  week  in  fourteen 
days  after  the  accident. 

Kammerhoff  suggests  that  if  it  is 
in  keeping  with  your  policy  he  would  suggest 
that  you  give  the  man  510.00  or  515.00,  or 
whatever  you  think  best,  for  Christmas.  Kammer- 
hoff  Bays  he  has  heard  that  the  men  around  the 
Plant  will  probably  take  up  a  little  collection 
for  him. 


The  Norwich  Pharmacai  Company 

Standardized  pharmaceuticals 

Nonwicn,  N.  Y.  Dec.  33,  1915. 

Referring  to  your  valued  commuifrcarfc-ieTr'of  Dec.  7th 
wish  to  inform  you  that  we  have  examined  sample  of  Carbolic 
Acid  which  you  submitted  with  the  following  result: 

Physical  appearance:  reasonably  good,  about  normal 
but  contains  numerous  black  specks. 

Slight  opalesence  when  dissolved  in  19.6  parts  of  water 
Congealing  point:  39°  C. 

Boiling  point:  188  C. 

Residue  upon  evaporation:  a  trace 
Assay:  99?o  Phenol 
Odor:  very  heavy 

From  the  above  you  will  observe  that  while  chemically  the  Acid 
is  satisfao-ory,  there  still  is  an  opportunity  for  an  improvement 
physically.  The  blade  specks  reported  in  the  sample  by  our 
chemist  could  undoubtedly  be  eliminated  by  recry  stabilization. 

The  heavy  odor  mentioned  is  the  point  objectionable  for  the 
manufacture  of  high  class  pharmaceuticals. 

Thanking  you  again  for  your  courtesy  in  submitting 
sample,  we  remain 

Very  truly  yours. 

^U,  0'<krr 

a,  it 

f - ,14,  a-* 

*  St 

— K  ^  tL  do  *  v 

Messrs.  Thoa.  A.  Edison,  Ino. , 

Orange,  N.J.  /jY* 

Gentlemen:-  ) 

Do  you  use  any  of  the  following' 

Sodium  Bi sulphate 
Acid  Sulphate  of 
Bi  sulphate  of  Sot—, 

_^*itre  Cake, 

Acid  Crystals, 

Sodium  Aoid  Sulphate. 

If  so,  we  would  like  to  submit  a  proposition  to  you 
covering  your  requirements  over  the  year  1916. 

For  your  information,  herewith  attach 
letters  in  regard  to  processes  in  which  the_above 
'-'SafterTaTc^n  be  used,  also  an  approximate  analysis 
oFNit^r^kr^Ta  table  of  Nitre  Cake  and  Sulphuric 
Aoid  Solutions.  , 

Awaiting  receipt  of  your  valued  reply,  we 


Yours  very  truly. 


F.  W.  Myers  &  Go. 


Forwarding  and  Insurance 



JT.  °eo»  22 »  1915  • 

Mr,  W.  H.  Meadowcroft, 

Thomas  A.  Edison  Co., 

Orange,  H.  T. 

Dear  Sir: 

We  are  in  receipt  of  your  favor  of  the  20th  inst. 

The  only  information  that  we  have  with  respect  to 
the  importations  of  benzol  is  such  importations  as  pass  through 
ports  at  which  we  have  offices,  and  the  only  importations  out¬ 
side  of  thtse  consigned  to  you  have  been  two  tank  oars  about 

19,000  gals. 

Should  shipments  of  benzol  from  Sydney  be  intended 
for  New  England  points,  or  points  west,  they  naturally  would 
not  travel  via  Rouses  Point,  nor  would  we  Under  any  cireum- 
stances  have  any  knowledge  as  to  shipments  from  Sault  Ste.  Marif 

If  this  matter  is  of  sufficient  importance  to  you, 
we  hage  no  doubt  but  that  the  Sedretary  of  the  Treasury  would 
advise  you  as  to  the  amount  of  benzol  imported  in  the  United 
States  for  any  given  period. 

Toronto  Chemical  Company,  Limited 

Toronto  Office:  18  Wellington  Street  East 

Beoember  22nd,  1915 

Bear  Mr.  Edisoi 

In'a'recent  letter  you  mentioned  Toluol  that 
you  would  have  after  1st  March.  We  are  making  arrangements  for 
what  we  require,  and  would  be  glad  to  know  what  amount  you 
will  have  to  sell  and  what  your  ideas  of  price  are. 

With  best  wishes  for  the  Season, 

Yours  very  truly. 

for  the 

(a)  What  is  the  specification  of  pure  Benzol  which  you  use 
making  of  pure  Phenol? 

Y,'e  want  to  know  the  degree  of  temperature  at  which  it  is  dis¬ 
tilled,  also  if  we  must  be  careful  not  to  have  any  other  elements  such 
as  carbon  bi-sulphate,  sulphur  compound,  etc., 

^nS 95^  ought  to  distill  over  v.ithin  the  limit  of  0.8°C.  -  79.6 
to  80.4°C. 

This  Benzol  has  proven  to  be  free  from  any  impurities  so  far, 
that  good  Phenol  will .result. 

2.  Sulphuric  acid. 


(a)  Do  you  use  66°  Beaume  Sulphuric  Acid? 

(b)  Do  you  use  fuming  Sulphuric  acid,  and  if  so,  what  is  the 
percentage  of  free  sulphuric  acid  therein? 

answer . 

(a  and  b)  For  sulphonating  we  use: 

Sulphuric  acid  of  98Ji  specific  gravity  1840,  66° 
Beaume.  Or  we  use,  instead  of  the  98 $  Sulphuric  Acid,  the  fuming 
acid  of  1925  to  1930  specific  gravity,  containing  18  to  21  per  cent. 

SO3,  containing  81  to  78  per  cent.  H2SC>4. 

Question  (c) 

(c)  What  is  the  quantity  of  such  sulphuric  acid  necessary 
to  go  with  1  gallon  of  Benzol? 

answer. ^  Benzol  is  mixe(3  with  98$  sulphuric  Acid  we  take 
2.5  lbs.  of  98$  sulphuric  acid  to  1  lb.  of  Benzol. 

If  Benzol  is  mixed  with  fuming  acid,  we  take  1.6  lbs.  of 
fuming  acid  to  1  lb.  of  Benzol. 

3.  Caustic  Soda. 


(a)  What  is  the  specification  of  purity? 

b  Are  there  any  impurities  therein  which  we  must  be  careful 

(a  and  b).  Total  alkalinity  of  the  Caustic  Soda  we 
.  Menu  with  75. 59^  of  Had . 

I  traces  of  Fe  plus  Al,  ) 

Page  ti 

1  V:e  use  1.43  lbs.  of  caustic  soda  for  one  pound  of  Benzol. 

4.  Calcium  Oxide  -  c 

"'taTvie  use  powdered  limestone,  calcium-carbonate,  CaC03. 

question. t  quantity  of  quick  lime  to  go  for  one  gallon -of 

pure  Benzol. 

answer.. ^  ^  2-14  ibs.  CaC03  for  x  lb.  0f  Benzol. 

(a)  What  is  the  specification? 

‘S7I‘)  We  use  the  normal  soda  ash,  sodium-carbonate,  hagCOg 
^OO^are  there  any  impurities  which  we  must  be  careful  to 

(b)  We  have  found  no  impurities  injurious  to  the  process. 

'“iS*  What  is  the  quantity  of  soda  ash  to  go  withone  gallon 
of  pure  Benzol? 

answer  ^  uge  q ^  xbs.  of  soda  ash  for  1  lb.  of  Benzol. 

6.  Sulphuric  acid  for  Carbolic  Acid  for  neutralization. 


(a)  Do  you  use  Chamber  Acid?  , . 

(b )  If  not,  what  is  the  specification  of  such  acid  used? 

jn?aSand  b)  We  use  normal  sulphuric  acid  of  985- ,  same  as  used 
for  sulphonating ,  but  diluted. 

question,. h^  ^  t]le  quantity  needed  to  go  with  1  gallon  of  pure 

(c)  We  use  1.8  lbs.  of  98jl  sulphuric 
cific  gravity,  for  1  lb.  of  Benzol. 

Page  three- 

^re1 there  any  other  chemicals  which  you  use  for  the  making  of 
Phenol  at  your  plant?  If  so,  what  are  the  names  specifications  ana 
misntitips  usedv  If  we  obtain  the  above  information  we  can  go  over 
the  price  list  of  those  materials  ana  find  out  exactly  how  much  they 
cost  us-  in  Japan. 

The  chemicals  we  use  are: 


Sulphuric  acid  or  burning  Acid, 
lime  Stone . 

Soda  Ash. 

Caustic  Soda. 

QU8Ieside  the  above,  we  want  to  know  the  following  expens 

1.  Coal  and  steam. 

2.  Labor. 

3.  Bepairs. 

4.  Waste  ana  Miscellaneous. 

5.  Plant. 

answer.  Cqb1  and  steam;  xz^  perllb.  of  Pure  Phenol. 

2.  labor:  4 d  per  1  lb.  of  pure  Phenol. 

3.  -4-5.  Depreciation,  repairs,  general  overhead 

expenses,  water,  current,  7.75^  per  1  lb-  of,5jr®  p„ 

Total  expenses,  except  material,  1  otj  per  lb.  of  Pu 

ia.t£soUarea°of  the  building  cost  of  building  and  cost  of 

AI1Are'a'of  buildings:  About  50,000  sq.  ft.,  Ho  yards  included. 

Cost  of  plant,  except  buildings  and  except  ground:  About  5150.000 

Hote:  We  figure  7.25  lbs.  of  Pure  Benzol  to  one  gallon. 

December  24th.  1915. 

(signed)  H.  KaMMEBHOFP . 

Memo,  by  Mr.  Edison. 

Capacity  7,000  lbs.  Phenol  daily. 


.Deo  amber  24,  19 16. 

CKsil  ea  Batson, 
10  *£&&■  At«ru»» 
fow  yotk  Oity, 

«i -l'  l«L)  »«h  ,  + 

O™  «r.  T 

P*.^  *"w  r.  *■ 

Bafo  Slav.  "vf-  ?  ^  - 

/  stmettdekgi-  jo®  *#ok«  *<►•  «<  «*W»:  '*  ^oW«®  of 

v^y  ^iiYig  ana  rmtarlng  a  aompla* 

edllkldal  « Wat  tori  either! 

aoil  or  alkali. 

He  »ai»t«ao  a  larg*  H^ritory  a«a  a-lacg*  feoteioal 
ttii*  *&***. *&XW*  for  filing,  r*M**m^**K  &*&** 
M  fiitwiiig  .apparsta.  ria  W  nectary  to  ***fe  t««  riffifeha*,. 

Hrary  froblwa  in  tki  tMparating  o t  mollia  ttw- 
xaeotddd  d,P«atd  dtt^tlon  t«  ddapteM* 

tha  prosodition  rat**  than  **»  V#***  *°  a- eonfowfl 


af  joa*tt?3L  b**a  thip  *rpri**i|  at  hand  and  W$4  Tito 

*  a«»el«d  P*  91F  ''P*'*  «*  ***  W#  *  ?*"**’  *  *■* 
aafridi,  tdgdthej  wij*  «  **  JW*  requirement  V  to  <W* 

l*W»t9??>  |?$  lit-m  I*  «<**  t.  glad  AO  tdrt  «U* 

*w*?  **  ^  w**«. ettar  *“**  "*  ’m 

advtag  xpa  *f  to  pop  *B0««tt$.i>4aUon». 

loura  WJ  tifriLy^ 


/j  jQj  ht/'y 

Cheniat , 

-ODD/ a 

TsTavy  Department 


WASHDjaroN,  D.  O. 

December  24,  1915. 

Thomas  A.  Edison, 
Orange,  E.  J. 

SUBJECT:  Contract  23253,  schedule  8057,  class  2 
acid  for  the  Eaval  Proving  Ground,  Indian  Head, 

m  reply  to  your  letter  of  December  18,  1915,  it  will  he  satisfactory 
for  the  carbolic  acid  covered  by  your  oontract  to  be  delivered  f.o.b.  works 
as  originally  provided  for  in  your  contraot. 

It  will  also  be  satisfactory  for  monthly  deliveries  to  be  made  in 
such  proportion  as  to  complete  the  oontract  in  April,  1917,  that  date _being 
within  two  y 
inspection  o 
of  Powder,  East  Coast, 
always  be  furnished  to  the  Inspector  a 

"  All  shipments  under  the  above  arrangement  will  be  made  by  the  Eaval 
Inspector  of  Powder  under  Government  bills  of  lading.  ' 

In  regard  to  the  18,000  pounds  of  material  already  shipped,  trans-  vsi’rsires  -  —  ' 

within  two  years  after  the  date  of  the  contract,  as  provided  for  therein.  The 

f  this  material  will  be  made  before  shipment  by  the  Eaval  Inspector 
P.0. Building,  Jersey  City,  E.  J.  Information  should 
s  to  when  material  will  be  ready  for 



Allov;  me  to  thank  you  for  your 
favor  of  the  22nd  instant  in  regard  to  the 
importations  of  Benzol  from  Canada  into  the 
United  States.  I  have  shown  this  to  Mr. 
Edison,  and  he  requests  me  to  convey  his 
thanks  to  you  for  the  information  contained. 

We  shall  write  to  the  Secretary  of 
the  Treasury  and  try  to  get  full  information, 
from  that  source . 

Yours  very  truly. 

Assistant  to  Mr.  Edison. 

Deo.  87th.  1915. 

Hr.  Thomas  H.  Horton,  Commercial  Agent, 
Department  of  Commerce, 

Washington, . D.  C. 

Dear  Mr.  Horton: 

Replying  to  your  favor  of. the 
21st  instant,  let  me  say  that  we  are  pro¬ 
ducing  monthly  about 'as  follows: 

Aniline  Oil  -  138,000  poundB . 

Hitrobenzol  -  45,000  " 

Phenol  -  300,000  " 

Peraphenylenediamine  -  5,250  " 

Sulphite  of  Soda  -  100  tons. 

I  have  been  following  your  work 
and  hope  that  you  will  keep  actively  at  it  un¬ 
til  we  establish  a  big  chemical  industry  in 
this  country. 

Yours  very  truly, 

:  >  Rochester,  B.  XV,  Dec.  27th.  191^ • 


.  I  Thwnas  A.  Edison. 

e<n^J  ^  now  let  U6  have  10,000  orl^OOO 

&Obn  JLfli  pounds  Carbolic  Acid  weekly,  pipments  of 

'  '  1\.000  pohr-as  or  more.  /  ^  ' 


Uv^vvaT  ttxvka^  ^  -  * 




Deo.  28th.  1915. 

Mr.  C.  E.  lesher, 

Geologist  in  Charge  of  Coal  and  Coke  Statistics, 
Department  of  the  Interior, 

United  States  Geological  Survey, 

Washington,  D.  C. 

Dear  Sir: 

Y0ur  favor  of  the  21st  instant  in  regard  to  the  re¬ 
covery  of  Benzol,  etc.,  from  the  gas  obtained  in  by-product 
coke  manufacture  was  received  two  days  ago. 

You  ask  for  particulars  in  regard  to  my- Johnstown  and 
Woodward  Benzol  Plants,  but  you  enclosed  only  one  blank.  I 
have,  therefore,  had  my  assistants  make  out  another  blank  upon 
which  to  give  the  figures  for  the  Woodward  Plant.  You  will  find 
both  enclosed  herev;ith. 

Your  blank  requests  the  application  to  be  forwarded 
not. later  than  December  20th,  but  you  letter  was  not  written 
until  December  2l8t,  and  it  was  received  only  two  days  ago. 
Hence,  I  could  not  comply  with  your  request  so  far  as  the  date 
was  concerned.  ' 

Yours  very  truly, 

(signed)  fhos.  s..  Edison. 





1646.  ' 

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Please  fill  out  replies  to  the  following  inquiries  ana  re 
sheet  in  the  accompanying  envelope,  which  requires  no  postage, 
than  December  £0,  ill  replies  are  heia  strictly  confidential. 

Hame  of  operator, 

^d ar e s e  Orange,  U, 

Thomas  A.  Edison 

If  Benzol  recovery  began  during  191b,  give  aate_ 

turn  this 
not  later 


BEHZOL,  Toluol,  xylol.,  solvent  naphtha,  and  naphthalene  produced  in  1915. 
(Give  exact  figures  for  11  months  in  1915  and  estimate  for  December.) 
Benzol  163.897  _ _ _ _ _ _ _  gallons. 

2  o  luo  1 _ 21 1 826 



Solvent  ilax>htha\ 


naphthalene _ g5,000 _ _ _ 


(signed)  Thos «  A.  Edisoi 
(sign  here") 





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sheet  in  the  accompanying  enveiope ,  ’ DOt  1 
than  December  20,  All  replies  are  hetd  strictly  confidential. 

Hame  of  operator  Thos  .  A.  Edison.  - - - - — - - - - - — - - 

Address _ Orange,  IT.  J. - - - — - — - 

Location  of  plant;  "  Johnstown,  Cambria  Co.  Pa. - - 

If  Benzol  recovery  began  during  191b,  give  date - Feb.  22,  1915^. - 

.  RF.ny.oL.  Toluol,  xylol-  solvent,  naphtha,  and  naphthalene  produced  in  191,5. 
(Give  exact  figures  for  11  months  in  1915  and  estimate  for  December.) 

.December  28th.  1915. 

Mr .  Opdyke : 

Enclosed  X  hand  you  a  hill  of  tho  American  oil  &  Sup¬ 
ply  Company  dated  December  15th  for  two  new  steel  acid  tank  cars 
at  $1325 .  each!#  amounting  in  all  to  $2660 . 

Ehese  were  purchased  by  the  American  Oil  &  Supply 
Company  at  Mr.  Edison’s  request.,  and  they  have  agreed  to  take 
in  payment  2500  pounds  of  Phenol.  You  have  delivered  them  today 
1800  pounds'  on  account. 

You  will  please  enter  on  your  books  these  two  new 
ears  at  the  price  mentioned  in  Ihe  bill,  and  on  the  other  side 
v9u  will  enter  2600  pounds  of  Phenol-  at  such  a  price  that  it  will 
equal  $2650.,  so  that  the  two  sideB  will  balance. 



,,  jis  uj-  y  w««. 

*£ 2B' 1915 

Thomas  A.  Edison,  Esq. 

Orange,  H.  J. 
My  dear  sir:- 

- 1 

I  beg  to  acknowledge  your  esteenlEa  favor  of 
the  9th  inst.  in  the  matter  of  the  use  of  nitre 
cake  .or  acid  sulphates  for  pickling  iron.  I  have 
been  able  to  locate  a  reference  to  the  use  of  thiB 
material  in  Dingier1 s  Peiytechnische  Journal  of 
January,  1915,  and  it  appears  that  it  was  used 
there  for  removing  smoke  from  tine  plate,  etc. 
sometime  within  the  last  fifteen  years.  This 
would  be  substantially  within  the  effective  term 
of  the  patent  referred  to.  It  is  noted  in  your 
letter  above  acknowledged,  however,  thafbyou  refer 
to  having  come  across  this  pickling  matter  in 
Beveral  journals  years  ago  and  if  it  would  not  be 
asking  too  much  of  you  or  put  you  to  too  great 
inconvenience,  my  client  would  appreciate  it 
very  mucii  indeed  if  you  could  recollect  the 
particular  journals  and  the  approximate  dates 
wherein  the  articles  which  you  have  in  mind 

My  reason  for  requesting  this  favor  of  you 
is  the  fact  that  as  far  as  I  know  my  client's 
patent  is  perfectly  valid  and  is  being  respected 
by  the  trade  generally,  but  if  the  articles  which 
you  seem  to  recollect  are  in  fact  available  we 
would  like  very  much  to  know  it  in  order  to  be 
better  informed  as  to  this  question  of  patent 

Any  further  information  you  can  con¬ 
veniently  let  us  have  will  be  very  greatly 

Yours  respectfully, 
asi,  Q..  )( l-U$ 


PHILADELPHIA  DSC*  38th  *15 

Ur.  Wm.  Ueadoworoft,  Asst.  to 
Thos.  A.  Edison,  Esti., 
Or-ange,  N •  J • 

Dear  Slr:- 

We  confirm  sale  to  you  of  one  car 
of  high  olass,  selected  grade  of  Fine  Grain  Oast  Iron 
Borings;,  such  as  are  used  for  the  manufacture  of  Nitro- 
Benzoin  for  aniline  oils,  at  1 4  per  lb.  FOB  oars 

shipping  point. 

We  have  one  oar  of  this  material 
on  the  way,  and  as  you  arain  need  of  these  Borings,  we 
have  diverted  the  oar  to;Xnaline  Plant.  Silver  Lake, 

NiJi,  for  Erie  RiRi*  delivery,  and  are  invoicing  the  oar 

to  you  on  a  basis  of  «->- - $34.93  per  gross  ton,  the 

freight  from  shipping  point,  being  $3.53  per  groBs  ton, 
and  in  ottSbr  to  hurry  delivery  we  are  prepaying  the 
freight  charges. 

Our  usual  terms  of  sale  on  thiB 
material  are  “Cash  against  %  but  on  account  of  your  high 
standing,  we  have  made  the  terms  in  this  instance,  cash 
in  10  days. 

We  trust  you  will  find  the  sample 
oar  satisfactory,  and  that  you  will  be  in  position  to 
enter  into  a  contract  with  us,  we  remain 


30nS>cJrage  Battery  Compaq; 

Orange,  Hew  Jersey, 
tlemen :  / 

December  28,  1915. 

This  is  just  to'  remind  Mr.  Meadowcroft  of^riy 
telephone  call  the  other  day  regarding  Hitro  Benzol.  Mr?  - 
Keadoworoft  thought  that  you  would  have  some  extra  stock 
on  hand,  of  this  article,  on  or  before  the  first  of  the 
year.  If  this  should  prove  to  be  the  case,  we  would  be  in¬ 
terested  in  taking  ^nything  from  5,000  to  50,000  pounds. 

We  notice;  some  interesting  offerings  of  Pure 
Benzol  recently  and  while  the  price  seems  to  fluctuate  from 
55  to  75£,  if  you /are  able  to  get  mixed  acids,  we  presume 
that  you  would  sojbn  be  easy  in  the  matter  of  Nitro  Benzol. 

At  any  rate,  we  are  greatly  interested  in  the  article  and 
should  be  pleased  to  note  that  you  would  be  able,  to  supply 


Deo  .  «;9th.  1915 

Mr .  V.illiam  H.  Blauvelt, 

1917  Vi.  Genosee  Street, 

Syracuse,  ii.  Y. 

}.ly  dear  Mr.  .Blauvolt: 

I  have  a  process  in  which  I  can  use  a  strong 
solution  of  Calcium  Chloride  if  I  can  get  it  cheap.  At  the 
soda  works  at  Akron,  Ohio  they  wore  throwing  it  away,  so  I 
suppose  it  would  bo  sold  at  a  low;  price  in  tank  car  lots. 

Can  you  find  out  for  mb  from  the  Solvay  people 
what  price- they  would  make  on  it  and  what  would  bo  the  specific 
gravity.  I  would  also  like  to  know  if  thoy  could  furnish  a 
very  heavy  liquid  by  evaporating  it, down.  I  shall  bo  obliged 
for, all  the  data  you  can  give  me  on  the  subject. 

Yours  very  truly. 

Hr.  Humbert:-' 

Fxcm  your  reports  can  you  toll  »  ^  Bouxol  coot  ub  per  pound 
of  Phenol  produced  at  Silver  Late  in  Ootobor  and  November? 

Same  aa  above  in  regard  to  coat  of  Sulphuric  Acid,  Cauatio  Soda 

and  Soda  A  ah? 

(Signed)  W.  H.  Meadoworoft. 

carbolic  Plant  of  T.A.E.  too.  Nov.  shows:- 

j?or  1  pound  of  Sodium  Salt  S.0S12  .0139 

0.6479  IDs.  of  Sodium  Salt  to  .0016 

1  lb.  of  Fused  Product  .0202  >0078 


2.8684  lba.  Fused  Product  to  ,0257  .0223  .0043 

1  lb.  of  Crude  Phenol  *0577 


1.422  lba.  Neutralized  Phenol  to  ,0317  .0061 

1  lb.  of  Pure  Phenol  .0820 

“£z£ti0n  (APPrOXlS0^l.  Patio  of  usage  6g* 

Tltrol  1.17  4/l0r:  emt. 

^ri°ahSOda  ^/lof*  Hatio  of  usage  30* 

Total  coat  of  Pure  Phenol  per  pound  $0.2774  (Frxor  between  Oot.  &  Nov. ) 

Carbolic  Plant  of  T.A.8.  too.  Ootobor  l915*^0™;"  Soda 

Benzol  yitrojL  — Soda_  Jfih 

For  1  lb.  Of  Sodium  Salt  $.0438  .0109 

0.6434  lba.  of  Sodium  3clt  to  Q  .0011 

1  lb.  of  Fused  Product  -02  .0074 


2.9749  lba.  of  Fttaod  Product  to  .0220  .0033 

1  lb.  of  Crude  Phenol  *0839  j0194 

Neutralizing  *0402 

305  lba..  of  Neutralized  Phenol  to  0>1158 
1  lb.  of  Pure  Phenol 

Reoonoilliation  (Approximate) 
Bonxol  65 $  gal. 

Vitrol  95^  owt. 

Caustlo  Soda  1.65  owt. 
Soda  A  ah  60/  owt. 

Ratio  of  usage  7  28/100  % 

Ratio  of  Usage  26)8 

August  Total  Cost  per  pound 
September  Total  Cost  par  pound 
Ootober  Total  Cost  Por  pound 



)  Pure 


)  Phenol 

a  Ootober  &  Hovorobor) 

Efficiency  Ea^Tneer. 

Bee.  29-th. 

19  IB 

J.  H.  Plummer,  Esq., 

%  (Toronto  Chemical  Co.  ltd., 

18  Wellington  Street  EaBt, 

Toronto,  Ont.  Canada. 

Bear  Mr.  Plummer: 

.1  am  in  receipt  of  your  favor  of 
the  22nd  instant  in  regard  to  Toluol,  and 
would  say  in  reply  that  I  shall  have  about  125 
gallonB  a  day  for  sale  after  May  1st  next. 

I  am  open  to  an  offer. 

With  greetings  of  the  Season,  I  re¬ 


Yoars  very  truly. 

American  Oil  &  Supply  Go 

Oils,  Greases,  Acids,  Cliemicals 

52-54-56  Lafayette  Street 

,  Newark, N.J.  /  De^Vsit 

L Lnw^w^fe  _ _ 

Chemi^l-  Co.  ,  or^^qualLty  of  « 


people  havere^rfecfas  |o'1j^wb|-  {  ^ —  - 

"Concerning  the  teat  of  Solvent  Naphtha^Wjlre 
very  much  surprised,  indeed  to  learn  that  Ur .  1 
pressed  such  an  opinion.  The  commercial  term,  Solvent 
Naphtha,  means  a  distillate  of  the  Benzol  series  giving 
90$  at  160°C.  Certain  shipments  recently  received,  as  re¬ 
ported  to  you,  give  less  ^an  80/..  Whether  or  not  differ 

ed  to  you,  give  less  than  80#.  Whether  or  not  "differ- 
coals  have  different  volatilities",  Solvent  Naphtha  doef 
change  any  more  than  gasolene  changes  when  obtained  in 
■er  quantity  from  Pennsylvania  petroleum  or  in  lesser 
+  -p™™  nn  nvi Ahoma  Petroleum.  The  refiner  must  in 

larger  quantity  from  Pennsylvania  petroleum  or  in  lesser 
quantity  from  an  Oklahoma  petroleum.  The  refiner  must  in 
eadh  case  he  guided  not  by  the  quantity  yielded  by  Ms  raw 
material  but  by  the  test  of  the  product  which  he  is  producing. 
It  is  easy  enough  to  improve  a  8olvent  Naphtha  which  gives 
alow  distillate  at  160°,  by  making  the  cut  a  little  sooner 
and  not  allowing  the  heavier  material  to  mix  with  the 
Solvent  Naphtha  itself. 

A: product  containing  too  high  a  percentage  of  these 
high  boiling  materials  is  really  not  worth  so  much  as  the 
Solvent  Naphtha  itself  —it  should  be  separated  from  the 
Solvent  Naphtha  proper  and  not  .  allowed  to  J®®***1®??* 

There  is  a  market  for  it  but  not  at  the  price  of  Solvent 
itself--no  more  than  kerosene  can  be  sold  at  the  price  or 
gasolene. " 

If  you  will  let  us  hear  from  you  further  with 
reference  to  this  matter  it  will  be  greatly. appreciated. 




puces  show  the  imports  thereof  from  January  1  to  S opt ember  50, 
1915,  the  latest  period  for  which  data  have  been  received.  The 
Bureau  lias  no  information  as  to  tho  ports  or  countries  from  which 
received  or  the  preciso  dato3  of  importation.  I  have  noted  at  the 
foot  of  tho  tuhles  the  ouotora3  districts  at  ’.vhic h  the  imports  of 
thi3  group  arrived,  and  by  addressing*  the  Collector  of  Customs  at 
thooo  port 3  you  may  be  able  to  obtain  some  general  information 
alone  the  line  of  your  inquiry. 

Very  truly  ycura, 


ct;  Shipments  of  Oleum  OV^uamv, 

gahoratory . Order  479 :  December  29th  ^Uis/ 

laboratory  of  Thomas  A.  Edison, 

|  lilr0  Orange,  IT.  J.  ^  A. 

faV  >>«■».#  7A 

Gentlemen.  m,  \  is  IT 

“"r1i0yo=s  sSTSfe0^ ;,.3St£sr«  \ 

sJffj.  g-^-u  “\r?M  Ilfs 

the  manner  in  which  Hov7ever,\we  would  very  much  V 

used  for  storage  at  your  Sian  •  exactly  as  possible,  and  4X  yfc 

prefer  to  fulfill  every  obligation  as  exacxiy  a  P  Qlewn  to  3  \± 

if  you  desire  us  to  ^nd  you  ^he  remaining^  thfm  v;e  are  at  i|  Ff 

" *»■»’  *rniMa  onw  t“  a  1 

— As  agreed:  ■  \  iV* 

J  - 

Aoid  at  Woodward,  Ala.  \  'y^\ 

Asking  the  favor  of  a  reply,  we  remain,  A  4 

Very  respectfully!  yours , 


B  n  ,  x$>  ’  . 

veryio^- - y -  !  f" 

'  4,THE  GEASSEIiLI  CHailCAI.  CO.  |  £  5 1 

^  .  PER  QAb&lU^i  \  >  I 

#  — ^  Klii 

-  '  ><K  > 

A,  V  rvV* 


wooi»«VR»,AX.A.  December  29,  1916, 

'  UbrCf^  ^  *««*•««*- — T 

a  vC.  usJLa.gX.  ^ 

Thomas  A.  Edison,  <fc®£  *  . 

itt.».io^oi  JN  »;4;  ClX  {<*«* 

Sentlensm  \JJUJk  «•  U*“  ^ 

We  have  just  wired  you  f“L?^io^ei.t^harSei  °n 
oar  of  sublimed  napthalene  being>"loaded  todS  for4he  Ame^an 
Oil  &  Supply  Company,  Newark,  New  Jersey.  AS  this  oar  %g£~~ 
loaded  partly  from  the  output  of  our  plant  and  partly  from 
your  own  we  are  taking  the  liberty  of  charging  your  account 
with  that  proportion  loaded  by  us,  asking  that  you  charge  the 
consignee  with  the  entire  oar. 

Under  the  oiroumstanoes  we  truBt  that  this  arrange¬ 
ment  will  be  entirely  agreeable  to  you. 

Jan.  5th.  1916, 

Woodward  Iron  Company, 

Woodward,  Ala. 


Your  favor  of  the  i.9th  ultimo  was  received,  and  the 
arrangements  you  proposed  about  the  billing  of  the  Sublimed 
naphthaline  are  entirely  agreeable  to  us,  and  we  are  arrang¬ 
ing  the  matter  accordingly. 

We  obtained  10  l/2^  per  pound  for  thiB  carload  of 
naphthaline.  In  the  present  state  of  the  market  this  is  a 
very  high  price,  and  was  obtained  because  of  the  urgent  ne¬ 
cessity  of  the  purchaser.  It  is  not  very  probable  that  a 
similar  opportunity  to  get  such  a  high  price  will  occur  again. 

Yours  very  truly. 

listant  to  Mr.  Ediso: 

Dec.  30th.  1916. 

Mr.  E.  V..  Preston,  Trees., 

Standard  Essence  Company, 

Maywood,  it.  J. 

Dear  Mr.  Preston: 

TCour  favor  of  the  EBth  instant  to  the  Edison 
Storage  Company  has  been  handed  to  mo.  I  am  very  sorry  to  say 
that  wo  have  no  surplus  The  terrible  condition 
of  railroad  freights  has  put  us  out  very  badly.  We  hate  had 
great  trouble  in  getting  our  acids  and  Benzol  delivered  by  the 
railroad  companies,  and  we  have  been  seriously  delayed. 

I  expect  that  we  will  be  able  to  let  you  have 
some  Mitrobenzol  sometime  in  January,  but  do  not  think  that  it 
will  be  in  the  early  part  of  the  month. 

Wishing  you  a  Happy  and  Prosperous  Hew  *ear. 

I  remain,  > 

yours  very  truly. 

Eaison  Chemical  Works,  tr/Tio 

Silver  lake,' H.  J.  '  , — r' &  /  ■ 

Gentlemen:  -• 

■Rn-nlvine  to  vours-  of  the  39th  inst.,  we  note. 

Yours  very  truly, 

Jan.  5th.  1915, 

ley  St  Smith  Company, 
83  Fulton  Street, 

ilew  York  City. 

Your  favors  of  the  24th  ana  30th  ult: 

Lake  Plant  have  heen  forwarded  to  this  office.  Correspondence  on 
this  subject  should  be  addressed  here  to  the  Laboratory. 

V.e  would  say  for  your  information  that  we  make  Iron 
by-Kydrogen  for  u£e  in  our  own  storage  battery,  and  as  we  have 
a  little  surplus  capacity  we  offer  some  of  it  forsale  outside, 
tte  had  no  idea,  however,  that  there  was  any  regular  demand  for 
it  from  outside  sources.. 

If  you  will  advise  us  how  much  you  would  want  to  ob¬ 
tain  each  month  for  the  remainder  of  the  present  year,  Mr.  Edison 
will  consider  an  increase  in  his  manufacturing  capacity  to  take 
■care  of  a  reasonableouantity.  Ontil  further  notice  the  price 
will  be  as  already  quoted  to  you,  but  containers  will  be  charged 

Your 8  very  truly. 

Edison  Laboratory. 

^J-£.£c6i  ''C0lMs  lK-r 

<Oec  3/j/r 


CxAAAJnrttz.  Gat 

'  '7“7  ^  ^ 
o-LySr  hux? 

btttti.  f&Lt-v\-a  IHZZ  LOtXfcv* 

U  /!  .  ..  J^.h  »*,  }  cJ&ysd*- 

r^dUtfjrn  it-  ~t—  j>H(pj6. 

o^*  *4  CfcWt^i/ 


Cambria  Steel  Company, 

Johnstown,  Pa.  Attention  of  IJr..  U.ft .Vihi taker . 

I  hereby  confirm  my  order  to  you  for 
10,000  gallons  Benzol  at  sixty-four  (64)  cents 
per  gallon,  as  per  my  previous  telegram.  Please 
ship  to  ”homas  a.  iidieon,  Silver  Lake,  If.  J., 
and  Bend  bill  of  lading  to  my  Assistant,  Hr. 
Uoadowcroft,  at  Edison  laboratory.  Orange,  If. J. 

Yours  very  truly. 

Deo.  SlBt.  1915. 

The  Grasselli  Chemical  Co., 

80  Maiden  lane. 

Hew  York  City. 


I  am  in  receipt  of  your  favor  of  the  29th  instant 
in  regard  to  the  18,200  pounds  of  Oloum  remaining  due  to  me 
over  the  shipments  you  have  previously  made,  and  X  thank  you 
for  your  offer  to  make  shipment  of  this  18,200  pounds  in  drums. 
Your  offor  is  accepted  on  the  conditions  mentioned  in  your 
letter,  and  I  shall  be  •■obliged  if  you  will  kindly  ship  the 
Oleum  to  Thomas  A.  Edison,  Aniline  Plant,  Silver  lake,  H.  J. 

Mb,.  Meadowcroft  tells  me  that  ho  has  spoken  with 
your  Mr-  Sholes  over  the  telephone  and  told  him  that  I  pro¬ 
posed  to  clean  the  drums  before  returning  them,  but  that  Mr. 
SholOB  said  it  would  be  satisfactory  if  we  drained  them  thor¬ 
oughly  and  shipped  them  right  back  to  you,  as  you  would  use 
them  again  for  shipments  of  Oleum.  I  Bhall  give  instructions 
to  proceed  accordingly.  You  may  rest  assured  that  no  other 
material  will  be  put  in  the  drums. 

Yours  very  truly. 

Doe.  31ct.  1916. 

Davao.  Inspector  of  rowdor,  East  coast 
V.  0.  Building:, 

Jersey  City,  a.  j. 

^uBJ^iCT:  Contract  23233,  schedule  QQfc?  cIppp  <?7*  . 

.  fl“a?“d.a0id  f0r  Ul8  «  ^ov^8c«indf  Indi^5 

I  shell  be  ready  to  mate  a  shipment  of  Carbolic  Acid 
under  t ho  above  contract  on  Tuesday, January  4th,  and  am  in¬ 
formed  that  information  ehouid  be  furnished  to  you  as  to 
Khen  material  till  bo  ready  for  inspection.  X  now  bog  to 
notify  you  that  it  will  be  ready  for  inspection  on  Tuesday. 
January  4th.  at  the  porks  of  Thomas  a.  Edison,  Inc.,  Car¬ 
bolic  Division,  X liver  Lake,  If.  j.  ;,hen  you  go  to  inspect 
this' Carbolic  Acid,  . pill  you  please  hok  for  &.:£s5imorhoff, 
;'ho  will  afford  you  all  facilities  for  the  inspection. 

In  a  lot tor  which  I  have  received  from  the  Davy  Depart¬ 
ment  at  Washington  the  following  statement  is  made: 

“r*,  ojiipraonto  under  the  a.iove  arrangement 
will  bo.  made  by  tho  ifaval  Inspector  of 
iowdor  under  Government  bills  of  lading." 

I  assumo,  thoroforo,  that  you  will  furnish  mo  with  all 
information  nocossary  for  proper  shipment  of  the  material,  and 
that  you  will  also  furnish  Government  bills  of  lading. 

Kospectfully  yours. 

Thomas  A.  Edison 
Orange,  N.  J. 

Inc. , 

Attention  of  Mr. 

_  .  De  ce_robe_r  .31, _ '/9/.  5_ 

,  H.  Headowcroft.,  ^  y  5  0  $  ' 


VJe  thank  yon  for  the  detailed  statement  of 
the  manufacture  of  Phenol,  which  you  gave  us  when  the  writer 
called  on  you  last  Monday,  and  Mr.  Tatsumi  carefully  studied 
the  same  in  order  to  ascertain  the  approximate  cost  of 
manufacturing  Phenol  in  Japan,  and  now  he  requests  me  to  ask 
you  for  another  favor,  inmswering  the  following  questions:- 
1.  Yield  of  Phenol  from  Pure  Benzol. ' 

(a)  Are  we  right  to  understand  that 

all  the  figures  mentioned  in  your 
memorandum  prepared  by  Mr.  Kummelhoff  j  y 
are  based  on  the  yield  of  5.3  pounds  /  \ 

out  of  one  gallon  of  Pure  Benzol?  /  • 

(b)  If  eo,  how  soon  and  how  muoh  do  you 
expect  to  increase  this  yield#  ^ 

(0)  In  case  you  euooeed  in  increasing  the 
yield  of  Phenol  out  of  one  gallon  of  \ 
cure  Benzol,  do  you  expect  that  tne 
cost  of  all  the  oheraioals  enumerated 
in  Mr.  Kummelhoff s  statement  will 
he  the  BameJ 

Z,  YJhen  you  Sulphonate  Benzol  we  ^ndere W  from 

Mr  Kummelhoff' s  statement  that  you  use  66  VP* 

Baume  Sulphuric  Acid  or  Fuming  Sulphuric  Acid.  C 

trjKffiSgMS®  V*~n 

s  sg»ss°^°  »§ \if”  if  r 

Quantity  of  Coal, 

Quantity  of  Steam,  .  , 

Humber  of  working  men  ana  lacoie..s. 

Quantity  of  Current, 

Quantity  of  Water, 

IJiSunt  of  Repairing  expenses. 

General  Overhead  Charges. 

In  your  statement  dated  December  34th,  we 
have  the  figures  of  the  above  for  one  pound  of  Pure 
%enjJWt  since  all  these  items  cost  us  much  less  in  Japan 
sffTd  like  to  know  the  gross  Quantity  of  all  the  items  for 
sJfr'Wt  producing  7,000  pounds.  If  Y°u  can  kindly  give 
€  the Quantity  of  the  above  items  for  the  plant  of  3,000 
founds,  we  will  be  much  more  pleased  to  have  it,  but  we  think 
it  will  give  you  extra  trouble  to  figure  them  out. 

We  have  pranged  to  go  up  to  Buffalo  on  the 
4th  ir  5th  of  January  to  see  Heesrs.  J.  P.  ^vine  *  Co.,  and 

ajs*.  *»  ”  *  “”io6  f0*;  ;  ° 

sounds  Phenol  Plan.  together  •!«»  «*  .P-lfioatlon.  *“ 
.aohinexie.  so  he  m-talled  *— •  “  " 

Buffalo  .I®  .ati.fa.toxy  data  ..  *U  oo-unio«.o 

y.u  at  on...  W.  also  sxp.ot  P.  »  «-  “  ” 

through  one  of  the  plants  which  they  huilt. 

We  shall  be  much  obliged  if  you  will  kindly 
of  your  engineers  to  answer  the  above  mentioned 

get  one 


questions  by  the  end  of  next  week. 

Yours  very  truly, 

ST  :VC 


For  your  convenience ,  X  hare, in  too  attached  statement, 
put  all  the  questions  together  and  have  narked  the  answers  thereto 
whether  given  by  .-r .  Edison  or  by  myself. 

Co  the  remarks  of  Hitsui  h  Co.  that  they  would  he 
pleased  to  have  items  also  for  the  plant  producing  only  2000  pounds 
por  day,  I  have  given  no  answer,  presuming  that  Hr.  .Edison  did  not 
intend  to  answer  this.  I,  myself,  do  not  believe  tliat  it  would  bo 
advisable  to  give  such  figures  for  the  production  of  2000  pounds , 
owing  to  the  fact  that  we,  ourselves,  do  not  have  enough  experience 
to  rely  on,  but  would  liavo  to  give  calculated  figures,  tho  latter 

[ATTACHMENT/ENCLOSURE]  •  12  th,  1310. 

Mitsui  5b  Company.  Ltd., 

2C  Madison  ..venue , 

Uew  York  City.  attention  of  Mr.  Shunzo-  gakakl. 


Referring  to  your  favor  of  the  31st  ultimo  asking 
for  certain  figures  ana  facts  in  regard  to  manufacturing 
Phenol,  X  enclose  herewith  a  memorandum  written  by  Mr.  Rammer- 
hoff  which  answers  all  the  questions,  ns  you  will  soe,  Mr. 
Edison  himself  answered  some  of  them. 

V.e  have  all  been  so  busy  here  today  that  there  is 
no  time  to  make  a  copy  of  it,  so  will  you  please  have  a  copy 
made  ana  return  this  original  to  me. 

Mr.  Edison  wishes  you  to  rogard  all  this  information 
as  very  confidential.  -  • 

Yours  very  truly. 

Assistant  to  Mr.  Edison. 


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Thos.  A.  Edison  guarantees  to  build  a  benzol  absorbing  plan^^ 
which  will  absorb  about' three  thousand  (3,000)  gallon^ of 

crude  benzol  from  the  CoKa_OJ-en-at  DambJia-EtBel-Company*^ _ 

works-at- Johnsto'wn7"Pennsyl'vani&»»  *V 

Thos.  A.  Edison  guarantees  to  start  the  full  operation  of 

the  said  plant  within  sixty  (60)  days  after  the  Bigning  of 

^  L,  Jt  L*  UMW)H  .m-TS— **<84  ,, 

this  agreement.  ^  7 

Thos.  A.  Edison  guar  ant  e^to  obtain  the  following  materials 
out  of  crude  \ 

4.  ^mmS^****^***^  re-distill  toluol  of  98$  pu|ty^to 

meet  the  Barrett  specifications  within  the  limit  of  30  for 
one  gallon..^ 

5.  Mitsui  &  Company,  Ltd.  guarantee  to  pay  the  cost  of  the  plant 

which  shall  not  exceed  Fifty-eight  Thousand  (§58,000.00)  Dol¬ 
lars  gold. 

6.  Mitsui  &  Company,  Ltd.  guarantee  to  furnish  Fifteen  Thousand 
(§15,000.00)  Dollars  for  operating  capital  to  cover  the  period 
of  three  (3)  years,  and  this  sum  will  be  placed  in  the  hands 
of  Thos.  A.  Edison  any  time  upon  his  request. 

7.  Mitsui  &  Company,  Ltd.  guarantee  the  payment  of  180  for  each 
gallon  of  toluol  and  pure  benzol  which  Thos.  A.  EdiBon  has  to 
pay  to  the  Coke  Oven  Company,  for  the  period  of  three  (3)  years 
beginning  from  the  date  of  the  operation  of  this  plant. 

8.  Thos.  A.  Edison  agrees  to  have  the  following  olause  in  his  con¬ 

tract  with  the  Coke  Oven  Company: 

"Thos.  S.  Edison  has  the  option 
to  stop  the  operation  of  his 
benzol  absorbing  plant  whenever 
he  wishes,  and  if  he  does  so, 
his  obligation  to  Coke  Oven  Co. 
to  pay  for  toluol  and  pure  ben¬ 
zol  which  he  takes  therefrom 
v/ill  cease  simultaneously. 

Thos.  A.  Edison  and  Mitsui  &  Company,  Ltd.  agree  to  keep  open 
books  in  duplicate,  and  agree  to  divide  any  profit  derived  from 
the  sale  of  the  products  of  this  plant  over  and  obove  the  cost 
of  the  products  which  will  include  cost  of  plant,  operating 
capital  and  the  payments  Thos.  A.  Edison  makes  to  the  Coke  Oven 
Company  for  toluol  and  benzol,  and  other  incidental  expenses 
resulting  directly  from  this  plant,  in  equal  parts,  Thos.  A. 
Edison  getting  one  half  and  Mitsui  &  Company,  Ltd.  getting  the 

other  half. 

,1.  ....  .f  ...  plan..  »  -  ■* 

(tes.000.00)  Dollar,  at  the  -»t.  and  the  operating  oaplt.l 
„f  Fifteen  Thousand  ({15.000.00)  Dollar.  Mil  be  Paid  book  to  4  Company ,  Md.  i»  the  folloMng  manner: 

2S  SStl  °to  SneSTcKm.'Ld. 

/v,i  The  second  one-third  shall  be  taken 
W  out  of  the  proceeds  of  the  sales  at 
the  end  of  the  second  year. 

(o)  The  third  one-third  shall  be  taken  out 
W  of  the  proceeds  of  the  sales  at  the 
end  of  the  third  year. 

Th.  fir.,  yoar  Ml*  .to.  -o.t  Important  period  In  oonneetlon 
with  this  agreement,  both  Bides  agree  to  oonBidar  any  bu 
for  which  toluol  or  btotol  form,  an  ...sntlal  part,  »  *  P“* 
.f  our  joint  business .  For  In.tanoe,  if  4  Company,  Ltd. 
tabes  th.  first  sir  month,  toluol  and  la.  it  -d-  to  trinitro¬ 
toluol  and  make,  a  profit,  Hat  Profit  should  be  turned  into 
the  ao count  of  this  agreement. 

-  Page  3  - 

13,  The  business  is  to  be  done  under  the  name  of  Thomas  A.  Edison, 
but  he  agrees  to  take  Mitsui  &  Company,  Ltd.  into  consultation 
before  he  takes  any  step  which  would  effeot  the  joint  interest 
of  both  parties.  In  other  words,  every  movement  in  connection 
with  this  entire  business  should  be  mutually  agreed  upon  before 
any  steps  are  taken. 



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Edison  General  File  Series 

1915.  Christmas  and  New  Year  Greetings  [not  selected]  (E-15-19) 

This  folder  contains  Christmas  and  New  Year  greetings  from  Edison's 
family,  friends,  and  business  associates,  along  with  unsolicited  corres¬ 
pondence  from  the  general  public. 

Edison  General  File  Series 
1915.  Cigarettes  (E-15-20) 

This  folder  contains  correspondence  and  other  documents  perta  "ing 
to  the  harmful  effects  of  tobacco  and  cigarettes.  Also  included  are  items 
relating  to  Edison's  own  smoking  habits  and  his  practice  of  chewing  tobacco. 
Among  the  correspondents  for  1915  are  Jennie  Hobson  Milligan  of  the  Anh- 
riaarette  League  Charles  G.  Pease  of  the  Non-Smokers  Protective  League, 
andT'c.aiepherd,  chaplain  of  tha  California  Stats  Prison  at  San  Quant, n. 

ADoroximately  1  percent  of  the  documents  have  been  selected, 
including  all  items  written  by  Edison  or  bearing  substantive  marginalia  by  him. 


Anti-flHgarftte  5Iragm>  , 

OF  NEW  YORK  J  JLo  W* 

a°*  w“t  T°jrr  N“ 

-  ANTI-OICARETTB  L=^ltu  * 

11  to  temple^oL.  Ch.cagc,  to  V*M  T' 

ffa  are  endeavoring  to  place  before  the 
publio  a  Moving  Picture,  depicting  in  an  inter¬ 
esting  and  instructive  manner,  the  ill  effects 
of  the  cigarette  on  the  human  system.  0ur 
Scenario  deals  entirely  with  the  cigarette,  and 
tobacco  in  any  other  form  is  not  criticised. 

In  order  to  accomplish  the  desired  re- 
ault,  we  require  the  moral  support  of  some  of  the 
prominent  men  and  women  who  have  ^e^y^ublicly 
expressed  their  aversion  to  the  cigarette.  We 
do  not  desire  any  contribution,-  nor  any  effort 
on  your  part,-  merely  the  privilege  of  placing 
your  name,  amongst  others,  on  our  c°mmi^ee,  as 
sanctioning  this  movement  against  the  cigarette 
traffic . 

Whatever  funds  may  be  derived  from  the  use 
of  this  picture  are  to  be  used  for  the  enlargement 
of  the  work  of  this  organization,  and  we  trust  you 
will  favor  us  with  a  word,  or  line,  at  an  early 

Yours  very  truly, 


P.S.  Reply  should  be  sent  to 
205  West  103rd  St.,  N.Y. 

Paper.  Inc.,  Publishers 

Dear  Sir: 

I  have  seen  a  statement  attributed  to  you  that 
burning  cigarette  paper  gives  off  acrolein.  Being 
familiar  with  the  composition  of  most  cigarette  papers 
and  with  the  origin  of  acrolein,  I  have  refused  to  believe 
that  you  would  make  a  statement  of  this  kind.  However 
an  alleged  facsimile  of  a  letter  of  yours  to  Mr.  Henry 
Ford  of  Detroit,  Mich.,  is  now  before  me  and  I  xma  it  so 
difficult  to  reconcile  what  you  say  regarding  the  injurious 
agent  in  cigarettes  with  my  own  knowledge  of  the  composition 
of  cigarette  paper,  that  I  beg  leave  to  ask  if  you  still  . 
maintain  the  opinion  which  you  have  expressed  in  the  letter 
to  Mr.  Ford. 

Thanking  you  in  advance  for  any  attention  which  you 
may  be  good  enough  to  pay  this  communication,  I  am, 

Very  truly  yours, 

sl-*  \ 




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Mr.  Thomas  J .  EdiBon, 

Menlo  Park,  Hew  Jersey. 

My  dear  Sirs 

I  fceg  your  pardon  for  thus  trespassing  upon  a  busy  man, 
tut  in  behalf  of  over  2800  men,  whom  I  serve  as  Chaplain,  I  want 
to  ask  for  an  autograph  statement  from  yourself,  giving  your  views 
concerning  the  effects  of  cigarettes. 

Is  it  true  that  cigarette  users  are  not  employed  by 
your  Company?  I  believe  that  this  is  tue  stand  you  have  taken, 
and  that  it  will  have  great  influence  in  overcoming  one  of  the 
moat  pernicious  habits  in  modem  life. 

Thanking  you  for  your  kind  attention  to  this  matter, 
and  with  kind  regards,  I  am, 

y''"'-"'  San^uentin,  Cal., 

(  V? 

Jan. 13th, 1915. 

Bon^Smokers’  protective  Xeague 

that  you ‘are  reported  'to  opploy  no  one  who  anokeo.  I 
hove  advised  Professor  wilder  that  1  would  endeavor  to 
obtain  a  verification  of  the  report-,  and  to  that  end-,  I 
ac.  addressing  you,  py  dear  Vr.  Edison,  upon  the  subject 
aa  it  ia  of  great,  interest'  to  us.  I  await  your  kind  reply. 



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ITovember  9.  191 5* 

Hon.  Thomas  A.  Edison, 

Orange,  N.  J. 

Dear  Sir: 

I  understand  you  have  recently  published  t 
If  so 

Edison  General  File  Series 
1915.  Clubs  and  Societies  (E-15-21) 

This  folder  contains  correspondence  and  other  documents  relating  to 
Edison's  membership  in,  and  activities  on  behalf  of,  social  clubs,  professional 
societies,  political  groups,  and  civic  organizations.  There  are  also  appeals 
from  charitable  organizations.  Among  the  items  for  1915  is  a  communication 
from  Charles  P.  Steinmetz  regarding  Edison's  election  as  an  honorary 
member  of  the  Illuminating  Engineering  Society,  as  well  as  a  letter  from 
engineer  Henry  M.  Byllesby  asking  him  to  serve  on  the  advisory  committee  of 
the  Tariff  Commission  League. 

Less  than  1  percent  of  the  documents  have  been  selected,  including  all 
items  bearing  substantive  marginalia  by  Edison.  The  following  categories  of 
documents  have  not  been  selected:  requests  for  Edison's  autograph  or 
signature,  including  its  reproduction;  form  letters  and  other  routine 
correspondence  regarding  meetings  and  activities;  invitations  and  other 
requests  that  Edison  either  declined  or  did  not  acknowledge;  invitations  for 
which  no  substantive  response  has  been  found;  correspondence  from 
organizations  in  which  Edison  was  not  involved;  published  proceedings  and 
printed  circulars;  and  duplicates. 

Augu0t  13)  1915> 

Hr.  Thomas  A.  Edison, 

Hew  Jersey. 

Bear  Hr.  Edison: 

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The  enclosed  letter  and  adS^gnanyinydocu- 

ment  explain  themselves, 
very  carefully  and  then  ^ 
name  to  "be  used  e 

movement  is  entirely  non-political.  It  is  sofely-for  the 
purpose  of  endeavoring  to  bring  into  the  extremely  delicate 
tariff  situation  some  real,  sound,  non-partisan , "Bray-flat ter . 

j*  UA  twn<  to  A(^nt>^worv^» 

enoloocu  icoi.oj.  »..>.»>  _  _ 

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es,  and  I  am  asking  you  to  read  them! 

Ire  ma,that  you  will  allow  your 
jp\of  the  advisory  committee.  This 

Many  of  the  names  given  on  the  letter-head,  I  am 
sure  you  will  know.  The  treasurer,  Mr.  John  J.  Mitchell,  is 
president  of  the  Illinois  Trust  k  Savings  Bank,  of  this  city, 
a  hank  with  about  $95,000,000.00  of  deposits.  Mr.  Mitchell 
is  one  of  our  wealthiest  and  leading  citizens.  Mr.  H.  W.  Har¬ 
ris  is  the  senior  partner  of  the  great  firm  of  IT.  W.  Harris  k 
Company,  the  largest  dealers  in  bonds  in  this  country.  Mr. 

Prank  0,_  Logan  is  one  of  our  very  wealthy  citizens  and  a  member 
of  one  of  our  leading  banking  houses,  Logan  &  Bryan.  Of  course, 
Mr.  James  J.  Hill  you  know  well  as  being  president  and  chairman 
of  the  board  of  the  Great  northern  Railway.  Mr.  E.  P.  Ripley 
is  president  of  the  Atohison,  Topeka  &  Santa  Pe  Railway. 

We  will  promise  to  call  upon  you  for  no  labor  whatso¬ 
ever.  We  want  to  use  your  name  among  the  other  members  of  the 


Mr.  Thos.  A.  Edison.  August  13,  1915,  Page  2. 

advisory  oommittee  aB  helping  ub  to  appeal  to  the  common  sense 
and  intelligent  attention  of  all  classes  of  people  in  the 
oountry.  I  shall  thank  you  very  much  if  you  can  telegraph  me 
your  acceptance  of  this,  if  possible,  on  Monday,  so  that  we 
can  have  our  printed  matter  go  forward,  as  we  wish  to  use  your 
name  in  connection  with  this. 

X  think  you  know  me  well  enough  to  know  that  I  would 
not  appeal  to  you  on  anything  which  I  did  not  believe  would  meet 
your  own  strong  and  well-seasoned  views.  Again,  I  shall  consid¬ 
er  it  personally  a  very  great  honor  to  be  associated  as  director 
of  an  organization  of  which  you  are  one  of  the  advisory  committee, 
and  perhaps ,  between  us,  we  could  do  as  much  in  this  tariff  mat¬ 
ter  as  we  have  done  in  electric  lighting  in  the  past. 

Kindly  remember  me  to  Mrs.  Edison  and  your  daughter. 

Believe  me , 


tariff  Cnmnttsaion  foanu? 


August  13,  1915. 

Mr.  H.  M.  Byllesby , 

208  South  LaSalle  St. , 

Chicago ,  Illinois. 

Dear  Mr  .Byllesby:- 

We  are  sorry  you  were  not  at  the 
Board  meeting  Wednesday,  hut  we  shall  hope  for  hettsr 
luok  next  time. 

On  the  above  letterhead,  you  will  find  the  names  of 
the  directors  so  far  selected  and  some  members  of  the 
advisory  committee.  It  iB  the  purpose  of  the  board 
to  have  about  twenty  or  twenty-five  of  the  best  known 
names  in  the  country  upon  that  list.  We  do  not  ex¬ 
pect  these  neople  to  do  anything  except  to  give  ub 
the  benefit* of  their  names  in  carrying  forward  a  great 
patriotic  work. 

We  made  a  selection  the  other  day  of  four  men,  whom 
we  desire  to  have  above  any  others  upon  this  list,  and 
one  of  them  is  Mr. Thomas  A.  Edison.  We  understand 
that  you  know  Mr .Edison  quite  well  and  you  oan  tell 
him  of  the  oharaoter  of  the  men  back  of  this  movement 
and  what  a  great  service  he  oan  render  the  cause  and 
the  public  by  permitting  us  to  put  his  name  among 
others  on  Mr.  James  J.  Hill's  committee. 

We  have  our  first  batch  of  printing  in  type,  and,  in 
faot ,  are  holding  the  nreBB  for  two  or  three  names. 

If  you  oan  take  this  matter  up  with  Mr .Edison  and  get 

thgin^ra '  aP^trfl?o^  WlMr .  Vo^Te^e*6 

of  Hew  York  says  he  will  endeavor  to  see  Mr.EdiBon,  but 
I  am  afraid  he  is  so  busy  that  he  may  overlook  it,  and 
aB  you  are  on  the  board,  we  assign  this  to  you  as  your 
first  job. 

Sincerely  yours^. 



BANK  BUILDING,  C  H  I  C  A  G  O,  I  LL I  N  O I  S 


RESULT — Nobody  Satisfied 

Business  Periodically  Upset 
Hundreds  of  Millions  Money  Los 
Millions  of  Workers  Distressed 
THE  NEED— A  Nonpartisan  Permanent  Tari 

How  the  Tariff  Can  be  Taken  Out  of  Politics. 



Oj  Association  of 

Edison  Illuminating  Companies  > 


.  ..  ni 


T o  the  Members  of  the 

Association  of  Edison  Illuminating  Companies : 

Arrangements  for  the  Thirty-sixth  Convention  of  this  Association  to  be 
held  at  Spring  Lake  Beach,  New  Jersey,  September  13,  14,  15,  and  16,  1915,  are 
now  complete. 

Business  Program 

The  business  program  which  has  been  arranged  so  as  to  allow  ample 
time  for  general  discussion  is  as  follows,  and  it  is  hoped  that  each  repre¬ 
sentative  attending  the  Convention  will  make  it  a  point  to  attend  all  business 
sessions  at  the  hours  scheduled : 

TUESDAY  MORNING,  September  14,  1915— 10:00  A.M. 

Committee  on  Meters..™ _ _ Mr.  O.  J.  Bushnell,  Chairman 

Committee  on  Reporting  Decisions  of  Public  Service 

Commissions _ : _ _ Mr-  E.  W.  Burdett,  Chairman 

Paper — “Electricity  for  Everybody,  a  Complete  Canvass 

of  the  Boston  Edison  Territory” - .Mr.  Leavitt  L.  Edgar 

TUESDAY  AFTERNOON,  September  14,  1915— 2:00  P.M. 

Committee  on  Electric  Plant  ...Mr.  R.  F.  Schuchardt,  Chairman 

Committee  on  Steam  Plant - Mr.  J.  W.  Parker,  Chairman 

Committee  to  Confer  with  the  Bureau  of 

_ _ _ Mr.  Wm.  C.  L.  Eglin,  Chairman 

General  Open  Discussion  of  Technical  Problems 

WEDNESDAY  MORNING,  September  15,  1915—10:00  A.M. 

Committee  on  Residential  Service 
'  Rate  "  _  '••••••••Mr.  Alex  Dow,  Chairman 

Paper — “Analysis  of  Costs  of  an  Electricity  Supply  Company.” 
Part  1 — Making  the  Analysis 

Mr.  Arthur  D.  Spencer  —  Mr.  Russel!  W.  Symes 

Part  2— Use  of  the  Analysis — . . Mr.  Alex  Dow 

General  Open  Discussion  of  Central  Station  Rate-making 

Principal  Train  and  Boat  Service 





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11  come  each! 

Bear  Sir:- 

I  undchs 

□  pend  a  period  in  Florida, 
city,  which  is  rode  np  of  more  then  one 
leading  business  men,  each  represent  ing 


The  BGtnry  Club  of  t^/ 
ire  then  one  hundred 


line  of  business,  would  be  very  much  honored  if,  on 
your  way  to  or  from  your  winter  homo,  you  could  stop 
in  Jacksonville  long  enough  t 
'sqr  dinnor. 

1  guest  for  a’luricheoi 

If  you  can  accept  this  invitation  and  advise 
i  the  approximate  timo.X  assure  you  it  would 
afford'' greet 'pier sure  to  our  organisation, 

Yours  very  truly, 


Illuminating  Engineering  Society 

My  dear  Mr.  Edison:- 

/  #  \  December  21,  1915 

/  (rt  {  4  1  /  Schenectady,  E.Y. 


In  the  name  of  the  Illuminating  Engineering  Society, 

and  as  President  of  this  Society,  X  am  gratified  to  ask  yon 
to  accept  the  Honorary  Membership  in  the  Illuminating  Engineer¬ 
ing  Society,  and  to  honor  us  with  your  presence  at  the  Banquet 
given  at  the  Decennial  Meeting  of  the  Society  on  Thursday, 
February  10th, 1916. 

I  desire  to  add  my  personal  solicitation  for  your 
acceptance  and  believe,  since  modern  illuminating  engineering 
has  been  made  possible  by  your  work  in  giving  us  the  incandes¬ 
cent  lamp  and  the  economical  method  of  operating  it,  the 
Illuminating  Engineering  Society  is  almost  entitled  to  the 
recognition  by  you  in  accepting  its  Honorary  Membership,  and 
I  trust  that  you  will  find  it  possible  to  do  so. 

Thos.  A.  Edison 


Edison  General  File  Series 
1915.  Condensite  Company  of  America  (E-15-22) 

This  folder  contains  correspondence  and  other  documents  concerning 
the  Condensite  Co.  of  America,  a  producer  of  chemical  products  and 
synthetic  waxes.  A  report  by  president  Kirk  Brown  refers  to  the  company  s 
relocation  from  Glen  Ridge  to  Bloomfield.  New  Jersey  as  well  as  to  the 
impact  of  the  war  on  the  company's  business.  Also  included  in  the  report  is 
a  comparative  balance  sheet  for  the  period  1913-1914,  signed  by  treasurer 
Frank  L.  Dyer. 

All  of  the  documents  have  been  selected  except  for  duplicate  items  and 
meeting  announcements. 


Bloomfield, N.J. 

January  30th,  1915. 

To  the  Stockholders  of 

Conaenaite  Company  of  America. 

The  aalea  of  the  Company's  products  for  the  paat  year  a how  a 
healthy  increaae  in  volume,  and  the  net  reault  of  the  year's  trading 
ia  a  substantial  surplus,  the  first  in  the  Company' a  history. 

The  effect  of  the  European  war  upon  our  business  has  been 
to  greatly  enhance  the  cost  of  some  of  our  raw  materials;  so  far, 
however,  this  has  not  resulted  in  any  loss  to  us  as  we  were  well 
stocked ,  or  where  this  was  not  the  case  have  succeeded  in  substitut¬ 
ing  with  other  materials  of  leas  price.  We  do  not  anticipate  any 
serious  difficulty  on  this  score. 

He  most  important  moot  of  the  past  year  ton  toon  tho  tim¬ 
ing  ot  tho  no.  norks  in  Bloomfioia.  »e«e  nnnoint  of  a  group  nl 
firs  builflings ,  two  manufacturing  buntings,  an  of fins  touting, 
laboratory  ant  per  ton...  «...  am  all  of  ‘to  most  mnt.r.  full 
fir.  proof  ant  ".ill",  nqulppet  .1th  sprinkl.r.  ant 
lntopent.nt  oooro.  of  ..tor  .apply,  thus  f°'  “s  °°W 

an  in.ur.nn.  rat.  that  in  only  a  fraction  of  «h.  rat,  pait  on 
the  Glen  Ridge  plant. 

!h.  contracts  for  th.  work  w.r.  l.t  at  a  tl.o  whn.  was 
groat  toprseslon  in  tho  t.ilting  trnto.  ant  tho  prloo  of  ..t.rial. 
lower  than  the,  tot  ton.  for  ....  years.  1.  no.n.qu.n.o  of  .hioh  was  a  sating  n.timat.a  t,  th.  ongin.n.-.rnhit.nt  In  .barge 
of  th.  work,  at  -310,0001  .to  prop.rt,  1.  on  Mere  with  a 

frontage  on  the  Erie  Railroad,  ana  in  extensive  enough  to  afford 
ample  room  for  growth. 

This  valuable  manufacturing  plant  has  been  acquirod  without 
orGating  a  mortgage  or  bonded  indebtedness,  whioh  was  made  possible 
by  the  securing  of  loans  from  banks  on  the  Company's  paper,  endorsed 
by  some  of  the  officers  of  the  Company,  but  without  other  security; 
should  the  loans  have  to  be  taken  up,  enough  subscriptions  to  the 
oapital  stook  are  assured  to  make  that  possible.  Shis  important 
acquisition  has  been  made  thereforo  without  putting  any  strain  upon 
the  Company's  resources  or  impairing  its  oredit  standing,  or  even, 
for  the  present  at  least,  increasing  its  oapital  obligations. 

Much  important  work  has  been  dona  in  developing  improved  pro¬ 
cesses  in  the  manufacture  of  Halowaxes  at  Y/yandotte  and  their  pro¬ 
duction  in  standardized  forms  is  well  assured,  but  the  capacity  of 
the  plant  has  proven  to  be  so  limited  that  the  sale  of  the  product 
has  not  been  pushed ;  now,  however,  that  the  more  important  financ¬ 
ing  of  the  new  Bloomfield  plant  has  been  accomplished ,  new  apparatus 
has  been  ordered,  moat  of  which  is  already  delivered,  and  within  a 
few  weeks  the  Company's  facilities  for  the  manufacture  of  the  Halo- 
waxes  will  bo  increased  about  four  hundred  fold.  This  new  plant, 
as  well  as  the  old  one,  will  be  housed  in  a  new  building  especially 
erected  for  the  Company’s  use  by  the  Pennsylvania  Salt  Mfg.  Company, 
within  whose  works  it  is  situated. 

Respectfully  submitted. 

Kirk  Brown,  President. 


To  the  Stockholders  of 

Condensite  Company  of  America. 

I  submit  report  of  the  books  of  your  Company  for  the  year  end¬ 
ing  December  31st,  1914. 

Comparative  Balance  Sheet. 


Plant,  Bloomfield,  H.  J. 

"  Wyandotte,  Mich. 

Real  instate,  Bloomfield,  N.  J. 
Patent  Sights,  Domestic  &  Foreign 

Hotes  &  Aocounts  Receivable 

Unexpired  Insurance,  etc. 












3, 646.46 



Capital  Stock  Preferred 
"  ”  Common 

"  "  In  Treasury 

Accounts  Payable 













Comparative  Profit  &  Loss  Statement 

Profit  for  year 

Charged  off  for  depreciation 

Surplus  for  year 

Previous  deficit 

Carried  forward  defioit 





16,825.73  ' 

2,194.43  surplus  14,631.30 

Respectfully  siibmitted , 

Frank  L.  Dyer,  Treasurer. 





We  have  removed  from  our  original  location  at  Glen  Ridge,  New 
Jersey,  where  our  business  had  its  inception  to  the  neighboring  town  ol 
Bloomfield,  on  Grove  Street  and.  the  Erie  Railroad. 

Our  new  plant,  comprising  two  and  a  half  acres  of  ground  and 
a  group  of  buildings  especially  designed  for  the  production  of  Condensite, 
affords  ample  laboratory,  manufacturing  and  storage  facilities  to  provide  for 
the  increasing  demand  for  our  products. 

The  mail,  telegraph  and  express  address  is  Bloomfield,  N.  J. 


Edison  General  File  Series 
1915.  Copyright  [not  selected]  (E-15-23) 

This  folder  contains  correspondence  and  other  documents  concerning 
the  use  and  protection  of  intellectual  property.  Among  the  documents  for  1 91 5 
is  a  printed  petition  from  Thomas  A.  Edison,  Inc.,  the  Victor  Talking  Machine 
Co.,  and  the  Columbia  Graphophone  Co.  to  the  Register  of  Copyrights 
requesting  amendments  to  the  Pan-American  Convention. 

Edison  General  File  Series 
1915.  Deafness  (E-15-24) 

This  folder  contains  correspondence  and  other  documents  relating  to 
Edison's  deafness  and  to  devices  for  the  hearing  impaired.  Included  are 
requests  for  Edison’s  opinion  of  existing  hearing  aids,  as  well  as  inquiries 
concerning  his  plans  to  invent  such  a  device.  Most  of  the  letters  received  no 
answer  or  a  standard  reply  stating  that  Edison  had  discontinued  his  hearing 
aid  experiments  and  that  he  expected  to  return  to  them  in  the  future.  Only  two 
items  have  been  selected:  a  letter  from  Dr.  August  E.  Zeitler  regarding  an 
idea  for  overcoming  deafness  through  the  stimulation  of  the  spinal  column  by 
sound  waves,  which  Edison  referred  to  experimenter  Absalom  M.  Kennedy 
for  further  consideration,  and  Kennedy's  response  to  Edison. 

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Edison  General  File  Series 
1915.  Edison,  T.  A.  (E-15-25) 

This  folder  contains  correspondence  and  other  documents  concerning 
Edison's  life  story,  his  response  to  erroneous  newspaper  reports  about  him, 
his  opinions  regarding  a  variety  of  subjects,  and  numerous  other  matters.  The 
letters  consist  primarily  of  unsolicited  inquiries,  but  there  are  also  exchanges 
with  friends  and  business  associates.  Among  the  documents  for  1915  are 
reminiscences  of  Edison’s  early  career  as  an  itinerant  telegrapher  in 
Cincinnati  Also  included  are  comments  by  Edison  about  euthanasia  for 
animals  and  American  naval  readiness.  In  response  to  a  letter  from  educator 
Mark  H  C  Spiers,  Edison  remarks  that  he  has  no  recollection  of  ever  saying 
that  genius  is  "perspiration"  rather  than  "inspiration."  Other  correspondents 
for  1 91 5  include  James  N.  Gamble  of  Proctor  &  Gamble,  author  and  dramatist 
Percy  W.  MacKaye,  author  Upton  Sinclair,  and  New  York  attorney  Frederick 
J.  Stone. 

Less  than  10  percent  of  the  documents  have  been  selected,  including 
all  items  bearing  substantive  marginalia  by  Edison.  The  following  categories 
of  documents  have  not  been  selected:  unsolicited  requests  for  donations, 
employment  opportunities,  and  interviews;  routine  requests  for  biographical 
and  other  information,  including  Edison’s  advice  and  opinion. 


I  must  admit  though  that  we  havn't  had  hot  weather  all 
the  time.  Anyone  couldn't  ask  for  a  more  even  temperate  climate  than  we 
had  up  in  the  State  of  Minas  Geraes,  v/here  the  milk,  cheese,  gold  and 
diamonds  come  from.  While  v/e  were  down  in  the  State  of  Sao  Paulo  v/e 
had  very  good  weather  also.  At  present  we  are  headed  for  Manoas  on 
the  Amazon,  where  v/e  will  arrive  in  the  course  of  three  months.  We  can 
expect  hot  weather  from  now  on. 

It  may  interest  you  to  know  that  we  have  played  in  32 
theatres  and  run  a  few  over  a  thousand  pictures.  Business  iB  very  poor 
compared  with  what  it  would  have  been  three  or  four  years  ago.  (There 
are  several  reasons,  the  principal  ones  being  the  European  War  and  the 
bad  financial  condition  of  the  Brazilian  Government.  Has  anyone  ever 
written  you  how  people  of  semi-civilized  countries  accept  the  "Kinotophone"? 
I  think  that  the  Brazilians  must  be  different  from  most  people  of  their 
class.  'They  are  very  conventional.  V/e  rarely  ever  receive  a  hand  applause. 
Not  more  than  three  of  four  "Brazis"  wanted  to  see  the  apparatus.  A 
"Brazi"  who  has  brains  enough  to  get  a  job  with  the  Government  and  buy 
lottery  tickets  has  got  about  all  the  brains  that  he  cares  for.  All  the 
big  things  that  have  been  done  in  Brazil,  have  been  done  by  English, 
Americans,  Italians  or  Germans.  The  French  women  do  business  here  alBol 
Another  cause  of  Brazil's  failure.  I  am  not  progressing  very  fast  with 
the  language;  but  manage  to  get  about  the  country  with  an  operator  who 
speaks  Italian  and  Portuguese  but  no  English. 

While  in  Bio  v/e  read  with  rauoh  regret  in  the  local  papers, 
that  the  Edison  Works  had  suffered  a  large  fire.  No  details  given  except 
a  large  loss.  I  sinoorely  hope  that  it  was  greatly  exaggerated  and  await 
with  interest  to  read  a  paper  from  the  States  on  the  matter.  We  left 
Nictheroy  on  the  day  that  the  first  mail  arrived  from  the  StatoB  for  three 
weeks.  It  will  be  forwarded  to  us  at  Bahia.  I  will  finish  this  letter 
when  I  arrive  there. 

Bahia,  Jan.  22,  1916. 

My  Bear  Mr.  Stevens:-  > 

I  will  now  finish  thiB  letter;  but  you  probably  won't 
reoeive  it  for  a  month  or  more,  ub  there  is  no  mail  leaving  for  the  States 
for  12  days.  Upon  arriving  here  I  immediately  went  to  the  Consulate's  and 
read  in  their  newspapers  of  the  terrible  fire  which  wiped  out  try  old  home. 

My  deepest  sympathy  goes  out  to  Mr.  Edison  and  to  you  all,  v/ho  in  any  way 
suffered  from  the  disaster.  .1  have  always  held  Mr.  EdiBon  in  great  admiration 


■but  now  doubly  so,  seeing  his  attitude  in  the  faoe  of  suoh  adversity. 

Hoping  this  will  find  you  well,  I  am, 
Sincerely  yours , 

(signed)  C.  V/ayne  Tu thill 


o/o  American  Consul  General, 

Para,  Brazil, 

1  JM>.  16,  1915. 

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r  hos  .  A  .  Hdis 
Orange , 

Hev;  .7 

I  am  prompted  to  write  you  otfSause  of  my  in¬ 
terest  in  the  sculptor,  0.3.  Pietro  who,  as  you  doubtless 
know,  has  made  a  bust  of  I.Ir  .  Burroughs  which  Hr  .  Ford  presented 
to  the  American  Museum  of  natural  History  and  which  is  now  at 
the  V'inter  Exhibition  of  the  national  Academy  of  Design,  air. 
Pietro  has  also  under  way  busts  of  both  Hr.  and  Hr s .  Ford.  He 
is  without  exception  a  man  of  unusual  genius,  being  able  to 
bring  out  the  personality  of  his  subject,  not  merely  making  a 
mask  of  bronze  or  marble.  He  has  just  completed  a  bust  of  ex- 
Presiaent  Taft. 

In  the  present  exhibition  of  the  national  Acad¬ 
emy  of  Design,  he  has  nine  pieces  on  exhibition  -  a  very  unusual 
number  for  one  sculptor . 

This  is  introductory  to  the  request  I  wish  to 
make  that  he  be  permitted  to  make  a  bust  of  you.  I  hope  for  a 
favorable  decision  because  whether  you  wish  it  or  not,  you  are 
sure  to  be  represented  in  sculpture  and  as  this  cannot  be  avoid¬ 
ed,  it  would  be  only  just  that  the  representation  be  as  accurate 
as  possible.  Pietro  is  worthy  of  being  given  the  opportunity 
because  he  has  the  genius  that  will  enable  him  to  produce  re¬ 
sults  that  will  be  satisfactory.  There  is  one  advantage  whioh 
I  believe  will  boar  weight  in  your  opinion;  ho  is  a  very  rapid 
worker  and  could  probably  do  his  work  with  only  five  hours,  ob¬ 
servation  of  you.  It  would  not  be  necessary  for  you  to  be  in¬ 

convenienced  for  he  would  take  his  clay  to  Orange  and  model  you 
while  you  worked . 

Of  course  there  would  be  no  financial  obligation 
on  your  part  as  to  be  privileged  to  model  a  bust  of  you  wouldbe 

l  sufficient  reward. 

- i 

Mr.  Thos.  A.  Sdison  #2. 

Me  .  Pietro  ha3  been  invited  by  one  of 
our  foremost  painters  to  have  a  Joint  ex¬ 
hibition  with  him  in  the  near  future  and  he 
would  like  to  have  your  bust  completed  at 
that  time  . 

Hoping  that  I  may  receive  a  favorable 
response  from  you,  I  am, 

Very  sincerely  your  si 

A  HP  .1.1 

February  1st  1915 

Mr.  Thomas  A  Edison 
Orange ,  I'T .  J  • 

Dear  Sir;-  In  the  draft  cf  a  new  catalog  being  prepared 
for  this  school  I  find  the  following  reference  to  a 
saying  attributed  to  you.  Vo  old  icu  sr- 
tc  inform  me  whotner  this  is  an  authentic  story? 

"Mr.  Thomas  Edison  likewise,  in  reply  to 
the  inquiry  of  a  young  lady  seated  next  him  at  taole 
as  to  whether  he  aid  not  think  that  genius  was  inser¬ 
tion,  is  reported  to  nave  said: 'My  dear  young  lady, 
Genius  is  not  inspiration;  it  is  perspiration.'" 

If  this  is  not  accurate,  a  correct  version 
(if  there  is  such  an  one)  would  be  very  welcome. 

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,  ’  West!  Orange, H.J\. 

-Dear.-Mr..  Edison,- . . . 

Pardon  my  writing  you  but  I  have  just  finished 
reading  tho  A , article  "Edison  Under  Eire"  in  this  past  months 
copy  of  the  American. 

The  sentance :-"l 'm  sixty-seven  years  old  but  I'm  none 
too  old  to  take  a  freash  start  tomorrow  mprning"  is  the 
cause  of  this  letter.  I  am  going  to  have  sentence  framed  and 
hung  in  my  labaartory. 

I  have  been  studing  chemistry  for  several  years  and 
lately  have  become  discouraged, but  sonce  reading  of  how  you 
took  ahold  of  yourself  after  your  great  misfortune, has  given 
me  freash' courage  and  I  thank  you  for  it. 

Yours  very  truely, 

(DIjtc  %XvdmxsiiQ 

ALSTON  ELLIS,  president 

Athens,  Olrin 

QUESTION i  Ec.o M.Thatth, 

_ 1 91 5 

Mr,  Thomas  A.  Edison, 

Orange,  Hew  Jersey, 
bear  Sir: 

We  understand  that  reoently  you  made  the  state¬ 
ment  that  "Our  Havy  is  inefficient." 

There  is  to  he  a  Eentagonal  Dehate  between 
four  universities  of  Ohio  and  Kentucky  State  university, 
■and  we  would  appreciate  it  very  much,  if,  having  made 
such  a  statement,  you  would  oonfirm  it  hy  letter  to  us. 

Thanking  you  on  behalf  of  Ohio  University, 


RespeotfUlly  yours, 

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>  thank  you  for  your  iery  kind  letter  of  the 

lath  inst.  It  is  not  s 

lot  tar  in  one ’ a  own  behalf .  However,  the  following  may  serve  as 
the  draft  of  a  lattar  to  tha  Myyor,  if  it  accords  with  your  views. 

Hon.  John  Purroy  Mitchell, 

Mayor  of  tha  City  of  Naw  York, 

,Daar  Sirj- 

^  1  understand  that  Mr  Frederick  J.  Stona  is  c 

ata  for  appointment  e 

i  Justice  of  tha  Court  of  Special  Ses- 

11  1  have  known  Mr  Stonei'for  many  years  and  ha  has  ap- 

{Attogrrey  &) 

paarad  for  mo,  as^fSolTcitor,  in  soma  vary  important  cases  in 
tha  United  States  Courts  and  he  carried  two  appeals  for  me  to 
tha  Supreme  Court  of  the  United  States  in  which  Ex-Judge  Alton 
6.  Pdrkar  Was  associated  with  him. 

If  you  should  appoint  him,  1  believe  he  would  satis¬ 
fy  tha  community  and  bo  a  credit  to  your  administration* 

"  Mr  Stone  is  a  good  lawyer  and  he  comas  of  a  family  of 
eminent  lawyers.  The  late  Bavid  Dudley  Field  and  the  late  Hon 
Stephen  D.FIeld  were  his  uncles  and  the  lata  Hon  David  J*3rewer 

11  It  gives  me  pleasure  to  command  my  friend,  Mr  Stone*' 

,  Dear  Sir,-  Vary  truly  Yours, 

If  I  have  suggested  too  much  please  blue-pencil 

Thanking  you  a^in^^m/ywry  (ffuly  Yr^end, 

JL(^l >fe 

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June  28,  1915.  j 

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East  Orange,  £%  *>  ‘ 

Dear  Sir: 

I  am  publishing  shortly  an  anthology,  "THE 
CRY  FOR  JUSTICE,"  concerning  which  I  enclose  a  circu-  » 

lar.  It  would  give  mo  pleasure  to  send  you  a  copy  of 
this  book  if  there  would  be  any  prospect  of  your  having 
time  to  give  it  a  reading  sufficient  to  form  an  estimate 

,t  present  located  at  Oulfport, 
venienco  in  replying,  I  enclose 

self-addressed  stamped  envelope. 

Very  sincerely  yours. 





Edited  by  UPTON  SINCLAIR  -Preface  by  JACK  LONDON 

rHIS  Anthology  is  the  first  gathering  together  of  the  body  of  the  hteraturc 
(both  prose  and  poetry)  and  art  of  the  humanist  thinkers  d  o 
No  person,  no  matter  how  soft  and  secluded  lus  own  life  has  been,  can 
ad  this  Anthology  and  not  be  aware  that  the  world  is  filled  with  a  l  ast _mass 
,f  unfairness,  cruelty,  and  suffering.  Such  has  been  the  observation  of 
linkers  the  seers,  the  poets  and  the  philosophers  during  all  the  ages. 

One  has  only  ’to  rcid  the  names  of  the  men  and  women  whoje  uxirds  burn 
l  these  pages,  to  recall  that  by  far  more  than  average  intelligence  hat  c  t  ic 
on  their  place  in  the  world’s  history.  They  were  givers  and  servers,  and 
:crs  and  humanists. 


Life  tore  at  them  with  its  heart-break.  They  could  not  escape  the  hurt 
c  it*  hv  selfish  refuge  in  the  gluttonies  of  brain  and  bod}  .  1  nc\  saw ,  anu 

teclcd  thcmsclvcsto  see,  clear-eyed  and  unafraid.  Nor  were  they  afflicted 
v  some  strange  myopia.  They  all  saw  the  same  thing.  They are  all ^agreed 


uimanity.  It  is  here  in  these  pages.  It  is  a  true  report. 


-You  have  marvelously  covered  the  wholepound. 

“  ^*^h^ecraomirpWtoso^k^rtisac-^tas  to  have.”— Reginald  Wright  Kauffman. 


WITH  ' 


In  respect  to  the  illustra¬ 
tions  in  this  work,  an  effort 
has  been  made  to  parallel  in 
the  province  of  art  what  has 
been  done  in  the  field  of  liter¬ 
ature;  to  obtain  the  best 
material,  both  classic  and 
modern,  of  both  painting  and 
sculpture.  The  collection  of 
illustrations  reflects  admir¬ 
ably  the  passionate  spirit  of 
the  text  and,  incidentally, 
bears  the  names  of  some  of 
rho  hast  artists  in  this  field. 


by  the  master-spirits  of  all  ages 

^  rr'VME  “Crv  for  Tusticc”  has  been  culled 

THE  “Cry  for  Justice”  has  been  culled 
from  the  recorded  literature  of  all  ages 
and  compacted  into  this  one  epoch- 
making  volume.  This  is  the  first  effort  that 
has  been  made  to  cover  the  whole  field  of  the 
literature  of  social  protest,  both  in  prose  and 
poetry,  and  from  all  languages  and  times. 
Since  a  number  of  prominent  authorities  as- 
sisted  the  editor  this  volume  is  the  product 
of  a  number  of  minds ;  and  the  collection  repre¬ 
sents  not  its  editor,  but  a  whole  movement, 
made  and  sustained  by  the  master-spirits  of 
all  ages. 



The  work  is  thoroughly  indexed. 

The  material  is  classified  in  seventeen  books,  under 
the  following  titles: 

j.Toil.  2.  The  Chasm.  3.  lac  Outcast.  4.0*1$ 

%  «f*V  mrZ  TttZ’7' 

,nkr.  IS.  Country.  13 •  Children  14 ■  Jlumor. 

15.  The  Poet.  16.  Socialism.  17.  1  he  h  ew  Day.  . 

5  In  addition,  there  are  a  comidcic  Index  of  Subjects  L/ 
and  a  full  Index  of  Authors.  Brief  Biographical  Notes  . 
give  the  information  desired  about  all  authors  represented. 


The  book  measures  x  inches,  I  \  inches  in  thickness,  and  con- 

iHustrauon^orS^tota|of|^5  ^^cs.^Th^pa^icr  U^s^ciaily^choscn,  , 



1006-1016  Arch  Street 

Jiay  22,  1915' 

Ur.  Thomas  a.  Edison, 

East  Orange,  H.J, 

Sear  Ur.  Edison: - 

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The  enclosed  clipping  was  taken  rrom  the  dncln-  c 
natl  Tines  Star.  It  suggests  that  about  the  date  named  the  west-  C 
ern  Ohlon  Installed  for  Procter  &  Gambia  a  telegraph  connection  ^  t  o_ 
between  their  office  on  second  St.  and  their  factory  on  Central  r  "♦*  S’ 
Ave.  opposite  York  8t.,  which  was  provided  at  each  end  with  a  v.  fl 
dial,  similar  to  a  clock  faoe,  letters  being  substituted  for  {■  f* 
figures,  by  which  messages  could  be  spened  out;  and  that  they  C  r> 
placed  in  charge  of  the  maintenance' and  supervision  of  that  con->  c  C 
nection  Thomas  Edlfcon.  v  p  * 

The  Impression  made  upon  us  at  thatt  time  by  his  service"  'jLJL. 
was  totally  different  from  that  made  upon  the  mind  of  Ur.  Barton  C  i 
Johnston  and  has  been  substantiated  by  what  Mr.  Edison  has  since vN  \  r 
done.  T )  ? 

I  thought  that  possibly  In  the  midst  of  your  Intense-  and>  _ 
increasing  activities,  bringing  to  your  memory  things  that  occur- 1  ~ 
red  years  ago  might  be  a  momentary  relief.  I  wish  to  congratu¬ 
late  you  upon  younJnvestlgations,  adherence- to  and  application  e 
the  divine  laws  lrfjphyslcal  011(1  mental  world,  which  have  resulted  1 
ln  such  wonderful  suoaess.  Zt  Is  obvious  that  the  aame  process 
in  relation  to  spiritual  law  will  result  In  the  suoaess  we  all 
hope  to  achieve  in  the  life  which  Is  granted  us  to  live. 

Hoping  and  feeling  assured  that  In.  your  new  position,  you 
will  achieve  great  things,  I  am, 

Mrs.  Thomas  Edison 
Llewellyn  Park 
Orange,  n»J< 

en\ c 

y  U-Oi-  C*tH  ^ 

ft  ^v^^a^vN-r- 

*nXof  evv£.,vfu1Nx 
I  was  very  glad  indeed  to  recoiye  lyoui^ 
kind  letter  during  the  summer  saying  that  you  would 
speak  to  Mr.  Edison  as  soon  as  possible  in  regard 
to  the  momoir  of  my  father  with  a  few  words  which 
you  thought  he  might  be  willing  to  contribute  to  it . 

As  I  hope  to  have  the  memoir  in  shape/before 
long  and  would  especially  prize  a  few  words  from  Mr. 
Edison  concerning  my  father  as  an  inventor,  I /am  hoping 
that  you  might  find  it  convenient  to  broach/the  subject 
to  him  in  the  near  future.  / 

I  was  much  interested  to  repeive  notice 
recently  concerning  the  new  venture/Of  your  son  IV 
please  give  him  my  best  wishes. 

iyith  kind  remembranoo3 

'Yours  very  sincerely 

^  l5£r^-T-/ 

W  jin  -  W 

ISoxene:  C>irryj^vira«T^JLi  IBank: 

HS«diwik:,IIiidaiiimi>  Sop t*.  27,  1915. 


Thos.  A.  Edison,  Esq., 

Llewellyn  Park, 

Orange,  H.J. 

Dear  Mr.  Edison;- 

I  have  been  out  here  several  weeks,  look¬ 
ing  into  the  apple  situation,  and  during  stay  here,  have  been 
up  to  the  Arrowrook  Dam. 

I  am  enclosing  a  clipping  from  .yesterday's  paper, 
whioh  seems  to  me  to  be  rather  a  temperate  article,  and  unlesB 
you  know  all  about  the  dam,  it  might  interest  you. 

Boise  people  seem  to  exalt  in  the  foot  that  it  is 
the  "highest  in  the  world",  but  what  interests  me  is  that  the 
dam  ms  completed  within  the  time  set  for  it,  and  at  less  cost 
than  estimated,  and  has  already  done  a  lot  of  good.  One  of 
the  men  responsible  for  the  success  of  the  undertaking  is  thB 
constructor,  James  Hunn.  He  went  with  me  the  othor  day  out 
to  my  oroha  rd,  and  to  the  reservoir  whioh  supplies  the  water 
for  the  orohard.  llunn  seems  to  know  considerable  about  concrete 
construction,  and  it  ooours  to  me  that  you  might  like  to  ply 
him  with  some  of  your  quick-firing  questions.  If  Munn  should 
come  to  Hew  York.  I  should  like  to  bring  him  out  to  the  labora¬ 
tory  and  submit  him.  I  expoot  to  be  home  the  first  week  in 

On  mj  waj  out,  passing  through  Chicago,  I  noticed  in  the 
paper  that  a  herd  of  oattle,  belonging  to  somual  insull,  and 
valued  at  $100,000,  had  been  ordered  destroyed  bj  the  Govern¬ 
ment.  Quite  a  herd  of  oattle  for  a  gentleman  farmer  isn't 
it.  How  3am  has  rlz. 

Wish  assurance  of  raj  best  regards,  X  am. 

Faithfully  joujs, 




Arrow  Rock  Dam  a 
Producer  From  the  Moment 
:  the  Gates  Were  Closed. 

People  of  Boise  Valley 
Good  Reason  for  Showing 
Their  Appreciation. 


Future  Chapters  to  Bo 
by  Generations  of  Farmer 
Yet  Unborn. 

1  also  cost  more  than  Arrow  just  closed  was  not  less  than  $10  Ci 
ck.  In  the  Roosevelt  dam  the  per  acre,  or  approximately  a  halt  g, 
it  of  masonry  was  approxi-  million  dollars.  ai 

.tcly  $12  per  cubic  yard.  In  Assuming  that  the  benefit  to  T 
row  Rock  the  approximate  the  hundred  thousand  acres  serv-  hi 
it  was  $8  per  yard.  ed  with  late  storage  water  this  ii 

BENEFIT  OF  MILLION.  ^“ccdingb?  fow  ^mltc?  Arrow  " 
Arrow  Rock’s  benefit  to  the  Rock  dam  saved  another  half  s] 
.ise  vallcv  farmers  is  reckoned  million  to  the  Boise  valley  farm-  n 
millions  of  doHars  already.  To  crs.  In  other  words  it  paid  one-  e 
timatc  its  actual  value  this  fifth  of  its  cost  back  in  two  items  v 
ar  is  a  huge  task.  One  illustra-  the  first  year. of  its  use.  .  h 

Thomas  A  Edison  I 
Llewellyn  Park 
West  Orange  Hen  Jersey- 

Dear  Mr  Edison 

~  f  {  / 

\  J^tober  13tK  1915 


Paul  Symon’s  letter,  which  you  kindly  send  and  which 
is  returned  herewith,  has  interested  me  greatly.  What  he  says 
within  the  period  after  I  came  with  tha  Company  is  perfectly  true. 
One  thing  about  his  engagement  by  Harry  Miner  was  not  known  to 
him.  Miner  had  a  number  of  engineers,  one  after  another,  who 
would  get  intoxicated  every  once  in  awhile,  and,  more  to  his  dis¬ 
advantage,  would  neglect  the  boilers,  engines  and  dynamos  to  pay 
attention  to  the  aotress03  on  the  stage,  which  wa3  just  off  th9 
plant  space.  The  result  was  that  he  was  having  constant  break¬ 
downs  and  spending  a  great  d9al  of  money  for  repairs.  He  asked 
a.9  to  recommend  a  man  and  X  took  Paul  Symon3  on  the  theory  that 
he  was  a  churchman,  happily  married,  did  not  drink,  and,  there¬ 
fore,  would  remain  sober,  keep  away  from  the  women  of  the  stage 
and  ran  his  plant  properly.  I  think  as  a  result  the  element 
of  repair  cost  entirely  disappeared  in  the  operation  of  the  plant. 

Symons  stood  by  the  Company  during  the  strike,  which 
occurred  shortly  after  Eeggs  came  to  Hew  York,  when  he  changed  from 
an  eight  to  a  twelve  hour  shift.  I  personally  stood  watch  in 
the  engine  room  throughout  one  or  two  nights  until  the  strike  was 
broken  and  the  men  returned  to  their  posts.  The  longer  day  did 
not  seem  fair,  but  I  felt  compelled  to  3ta»d  by  the  Company  rather 
than  the  men.  Symon'e  letter  has  quite  an  atmospheric  touch. 

It  records  but  one  of  tha  thousands  of  incidents,  and  series  of 
incidente,  of  thoae  days,  which  I  remember  so  well,  following 
closely  upon  your  own  personal  work  in  the  station  and  the  dis¬ 

Perhaps  bsfor9  you  go  west  you  will  havs  a  chance  to 
drop  Symone  a  personal  word  showing  that  he  is  not  forgotten  - 
for  up  to  the  time  he  went  to  Miner  he  was  one  of  the  "old  guard" 
and,  in  going  to  Miner,  he  rendered  vary  good  Bervica,  because 
a  plant  which,  through  neglect,  had  become  very  unsatisfactory 
and  expensive,  was  made  the  reverse  -  moat  satisfactory  and  in- 

T  A  E 



expensive  -  and  greatly  helped  tha  general  oauae. 

You  don't  know  how  muoh  we  all  appreciated  your  letters 
at  tha  opening  of  the  Electrical  Exposition.  It  is  tha  ninth 
and  tha  heat  of  tha  aeriaa  -  the  product  of  another  man  who  ia 
pretty  nearly  entitled  to  ha  considered  aa  one  of  the  hoys.,  after 
thaBS  nine  consecutive  Shows  -  George  Parker  -  who  ia  doing 
Bplendid  work  in  educating  tha  public  of  Hew  York  concerning  the 
real  meaning  of  Ediaon  and  all  that  for  which  tha  name  stands. 

Trusting  that  Srs  Ediaon  and  youraalf  are  going  to  have 
a  very  pleasant  trip  to  San  Eranciaco  and  again  thanking  you  for 
sending  Symons'  letter., 

Very  aincarely 

The  Humane  Society  of  Kansas  City,  Missouri 

the  stray  dogs  and  oats  at. the  pounds  in  this  oily  .notwithstanding  my  as¬ 
surance,  and  the;  assurance:  of  several  of  my  old  boys  who  have  been  shocked 
to  insensibility,  that  theproposed  change. will  greatly  increase . the  suf¬ 
fering  of . these :helpless  creatures. 

With -the  use  of  electricity  for  this  purpose, the  unknown 
factors  and  variables  -contacts, resistance,  vitality  &c.-make  each  operation 
(especialfy  in  bungling  hands),  to  say  the  least, more  or  less  experimental  » 
whereas, with  anaesthesia, the  cubical  contents  of  any  death  box  or  air  tight 
cabinet  being  known, the : exact  amount  of . the  anaesthetic  required  to  pro-  - 
duce  lethal  saturation . therein  may  be  easily  predetermined.  All  uncertain¬ 
ty  is  also  eliminated  by  the  use  of  tepid  water  submersion. 

It  would  seem. that  these  considerations, together  with  the 
unanimous  testimony  of  the:men  above  refered  to  that  before  losing  con  - 
soiousness,  they  suffered  the. most  awful  agony  for  a  brief  but  highly  appre¬ 
ciable  period  of  time. would  suffice  to  prevent  theproposed  action, -and  this 
may  be  the:  result.  But, wishing  to  do  all  in  my  po  wer . to  protect  these  un¬ 
fortunate  animals  from  unnecessary  suffering j  and  believing  that  a  word  from 
you  would  be: accepted  as  final,  I  am  writing  to  ssk  you  to  mail  me  your  o- 
pinlon  ,from  a  humane  poiat  of  view, of  this  method  of  taking  animal  life. 

The  leading  argument  now  being  used  in  favor  of  this  "pro¬ 
gressive  and  hmanitarian  reform"  is. that  it  is  used  in  Eoston.  With  all  due 
respect  and  a  high  regard  for  the: good  people. of  Boston, and  a  long  standing 
affection  Sr  the: old  town,.  I  may  remark. that  some. things  have  been  done  in 
Boston  which  should  not  be  repeated. 

With  best  regards  and  all  good  wishes, I  am 

LOB  ANGELES,  CAL.,  'VL&Tt'  ^  ^  ^  " 

s&Li-'iz.  ®2_^, 
si _ -  /uJiti^Zce^ 

l4o^.  jj  .  fd«urvL., 

JUro^v- !  (T^_  <T7_  uJL  Cl 

Vuu>^  ~(jb  ~ijy~i  _/^«^<\aJL*,  . 

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Bovanber  29th,  19X5. 


s±27: »«.  J  »«<*&»*  «  •*  ■  * 

West  0 ranee,  H.  J.  **')  T  .  ^  ,-^  t(*A 

Dear  Sir:-  ff  JLj  ^ 

If  my  understanding  is  tforrptyurj  Edison  has  made  an  Ingersoll  lus 
work-a-day  watoh.  In  factjl  have  before  me  a  news  iten  dipped  a 
number  of  years  ago,  in  whioh  it  is  stated  that  Ur.  Blison  buys  an 
Ingersoll,  takes  off  the  ring,  and  carries  it  in  his  pooket  like  a 

Of  oourse  such  an  item  is  very  interesting  to  our  customers,  and  to 
those  who  are  thinking  of  buying  a  watch.  We  should  like  to  tell  the 
readers  of  our  oatalog  that  ur,  Edison  has  carried,  and  is  carrying  an 
Ingersoll,  and  we  should  like  to  show  a  small  picture  of  Ur.  Elison  in 
the  oatalog  which  we  are  just  now  issuing. 

I  an  wondering  if  you  could  consistently  give  us  permission  to,  use  Ur. 

Bii son's  picture  in  that  manner;  and  if  you  could  I  shall  very  much 
appreciate  jour  permission  to  do  so.  Also  I  shall  appreciate  any  in¬ 
formation  you  can  give  me  as  to  whether  or  not  Ur,  Blison  still  carries 
his  Ingersoll. 

*he  particular  testimonial  of  this  department  to  ur.  Edison’s  service  is 
that  we  have  in  mind  to  use  an  Blison  industrial  film. 

lours  respectfully, 

BOBT.  H.  IM&ERSOIi  &  BED. 

Uj  «-*»  **-***&>  — - 

-i  ^iK-O  G-&-6  %■*&*■* 

x°  z  t 7T~*~**"  ke^rf- 

n  \\ut4***f^*  ■*'  c  / 




V'  , 


.Eeoember  9,  1915 

(a  went* 

l,5rr»  <**>«  '  ■«  i  ^  f,  _Bec 

-----  ^  ■' 

Mr.  Ihomas  A.  Edison, 

Orange , 

Hew  Jersey. 

My  dear  Mr.  Edison: — 

It  iB  impossible  for  me  to  express  in 
words  my  thanks  and  appreciation  for  the  magnificent 
phonograph  and  the  most  wonderful  selection  of  records 
whioh  I  received  from  you  yesterday.  I  appreciate 
thiB  gift,  for  it  means  much  to  me  and  my  family,  as 
I  expect  it  will  be  with  me  to  the  end  of  my  days  and 
will  then  find  a  place  in  the  home  of  my  children. 

I  can  only  say  again  that  I  thank  you  and 
Mrs.  Edison  from  the  bottom  of  my  heart  for  all  the 
oourtesies  extended  to  me  sinoe  our  acquaintance  began. 

With  best  personal  regards  to  you  and  Mrs. 

Edison,  I  remain. 


The  Western  Union  Telegraph  Company 


lynohburg ,  Va.  Deo  24,  1915 



Mr.  MS.  A.  Edison,  r*  ^  (lJU^»v^X 

East  Orange,  H.  J. 

Dear  Mr.  Edison:- 

Having  been  employed  in  the  V/  U  Telegraph 
office  here  for  almost  49  years  .in  all  grade,  from  Messenger 
to  Manager,  and  having  heard  that  you  were  at  one  time  j  Q 

engaged  with  the  same  Company  at  Hew  Orleans  as  Operator,  < 
and  would  at  times  work  the  Hew  York  wire,  whioh  passed 
through  the  lynohhurg  repeaters,  I  feel  a  little  interested 
to  know  if  such  was  the  faot  and  about  what  year  were  you 
so  employed  at  Hew  Orleans,  as  1  have  been  in  charge  of 
repeaters  here  for  a  long  time  and  it  would  be  pleasant 
for  me  to  know  that  I  was  privileged  to  adjusting  repeaters 
for  some  of  your  work.  The  telegraph  fraternity  generally 
take  great  pride  in  you  as  having  been  one  of  them.  I  am 
deaf  like  yourself  but  working  daily  here  for  the  W  U  as 
their  Wire  Chief  and  do  the  work  by  sense  of  feeling. 

Would  thank  you  for  an  early  reply. 

Yours  most  truly, 

Edison  General  File  Series 
1915.  Edison  Chemical  Works  (E-15-26) 

This  folder  contains  correspondence  and  other  documents  pertaining 
to  the  testing,  production,  procurement,  and  sale  of  chemical  supplies.  The 
selected  items  were  sent  to  Edison  by  his  brother-in-law  John  V.  Miller, 
manager  of  the  Edison  Chemical  Works,  and  most  bear  his  marginalia. 
Included  are  letters  relating  to  the  production  of  iron  by  hydrogen  and  the  sale 
of  the  surplus  iron  to  pharmaceutical  companies. 

Less  than  1  percent  of  the  documents  have  been  selected.  The  material 
not  selected  consists  of  weekly  and  monthly  reports,  chemical  analyses,  and 
correspondence  with  customers  and  suppliers.  Many  of  these  items  bear 
Edison’s  initials  in  the  form  of  marginalia. 

nflfU  • 



Date . S!e.b  . 9 1 .5. ... 


In  accordance  with  your  approval,  we  have  begun  using 
one  drum  of  Potash  obtained  from  the  Niagara  Alkali  Co.  in  each 
batch  of  Potash  solution  made  up.  We  give  you  below  the  analy¬ 
ses  of  solutions  made  up  with;- 

(1) -  All  1st  quality  Chlorine  free  Potash, 

(2) -  Chlorine  free  and  ordinary  Potash  from  Klipstein, 

(3) -  Entirely  ordinary  Potash  from  Klipstein, 

(4) -  Chlorine  free  and  Niagara  Alkali  Potash. 

(2) #383 


Pe  &  A1 
Sp .gr . 

33 .09 







Not  tested 

1.324-22  1  i322-26 

Unless  otherwise  advised,  we  shall  continue  to  use  one 
drum  per  batch  of  solution,  until  the  Potash  from  fee  Niagara  Al- 

YourB  very  truly, 

kali  Co  .  is ' consumed . 


jvm/r  (P )  . 

TSri  } 


Mar  oh.  4  th/ 15  . 

Mr.  Thomas  A,  Edison, 

Orange,  II.  J 

Bear  Hr.  Edison; - 

Wo  are  in  receipt  this  morning  of  report  dated  Feb.  26, 
from  the  Research  Bept. ,  with  your  comment  relative  to  the  elec¬ 
trical  capaoity  of  the  iron  mix.  In  reply,  would  say  that  this 
is  reported  hy  the  Research  Bept.  in  error. 

When  these  readings  were  first  reported  to  us  on  our 
daily  report  received  here,  we  took  the  matter  up  immediately 
with  the  Research  Bept .  They  said  that  they  had  looked  into  the 
matter  and  believed  that  the  readings  were  correct.  We  immed¬ 
iately  had  duplicates  made  up  and  sent  to  Orange . 

The  day  before  yesterday,  vie  reoeived  a  note  from  Mr. 
Chamberlain  of  -the  Research  Bept.  stating  that  some  of  the  iron 
pockets  had  been  run  under  wrong  numbers,  and  among  these  were 
the  two  irons  #3179  and  3181  reported  on  Feb.  26.  These  irons 
really  ran  1873  and  1767  on  the  8th  run. 

Yours  sincerely. 

Re/E.  3.  B.  Co., 
Res earoli  Bept . 
Baily  Report . 




j,  April  8,  1916. 

Be/  Caustic  Potash 
Batch  Ho .  657 

Mr.  Ehomas  A.  Eli son, 

Edison  laboratory , 

Orange,  H.J. 

Dear  Mr.  Edison: - 

The  following  is  an  analysis  of  one  bat  oh  of  potash 
solution  made  up  from  raw  potash  obtained  from  three  souroes;- 

2  Drums  Ohlorine-free  potash  -  Klipstein  &  Co . 

2  «  German,  ordinary  »  -  American  Oil  &  Supply  Oo . 

x  „  «  Hiagara  Alkali  Oo . 

Tho  analysis  of  this  solution  is  as  follows;- 

a  „„  32.70 

K2003  /'/•  - •■'6 

K  01  'A> — 

K2S10?  '  -°23 

He  &  Al 

H2S  (group) 
K2MH  04 







(group)  " 

sTq,'*  1.322  -  23 
Clearness  O.K. 

Will  you  kindly  approve  the  use  of  this  material? 
Ilease  approve  the  accompanying  copy  of  this  letter,  and  return 
to  us;  also,  give  opposite  each  item  the  maximum  peroentage  which 
you  will  allow . 

^Yours  very  truly, 


1-enol . 

:  November  17,  1915 

to  Mr.  Meadowcroft, 

Ihomas  A.  Edison, 
iaborato  ry, 

Orange ,  IT .  J . 

In  answer  to  your  inquiry  of  this  morning,  rela>±tfe  to  the 
two  grades  of  Iron  by  Hydrogen  which  we  offer  for.  sale,  would  say 
that  we  have  found  it  as  yet  impossible  to„ffee  the  iron  of  Sulphur. 

Ordinarily  the  amount  of  sul^tmr^resent  is  hardly  suffioient 
to  determine,  but  by  the  pharmaceutical  t^Twe  find  that  we  have  about 
0.02  of  a  per  cent  of  sulphur  in  the  form  of  Iron  Sulphide. 

Mr.  Edison  has  suggested  that  we  treat  the  iron  with  Hitrio 
Acid.  We  have  done  this  in  two  or  three  different  ways,  and  find  that 
it  does  not  remove  this  sulphur.  Furthermore ,  we  have  found  that  Iron- 
by-Hydrogen,  for  pharmaceutical  purposes,  is  made  with  Hydrochloric 
Acid,  instead  of  Sulphuric^  as  we  manufacture  it,  and, by  the  pharma¬ 
ceutical  test,  a  certain  amount  of  chlorides  is  allowed,  but  no  sul¬ 
phides.  therefore  we  are  debarred  from  selling  this,  and  from  stating 
that  it  is  up  to  the  .U.S.P.  standard. 

We  understand  that  Mr.  Edison  does  not  want  us  to  make  any 
Iron  by  Hydrochloric  Aoid,  and  therefore  I  suppose  we  shall  have  to 
let  the  matter  drop,  as  far  as  any  sales  to  drug  houses  is  concerned, 
at  least  for  the  present,  until  we  make  some  more  experiments. 

Very  truly  yours.. 



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®y  speaking  to  you  a  couple  ^ 

matter  to  the  effect  tfet^Jng^ 3*?- incr®a.3®d $ 
of  regular  iron  we  caA 

regularly  in  our  old  plant  and  would  have  to  depej^upon 
the  furnaces  in  the  new  plant.  We  send  this  co^ndence 
to  you  so  that  you  oan  answer  them  as  to  just  wha^iantity 
you  think  we  can  manufacture  in  the  new  outfit. 

In  regard  to  the  price  of  this  material, 

I  would  call  your  attention  to  the  fact  that  the  original 
figures  given  you  did  not  include  packing  or  barrels.  The 
writer  believes  that  this  was  mentioned  at  the  time.  I 
would  suggest  that  in  futur eructations  should  be  made  on 
a  basis  including  packing  and  barrels . 

Yours  very  truly,  • 


Edison  General  File  Series 
1915.  Edison  Club  [not  selected]  (E-15-27) 

This  folder  contains  announcements,  minutes,  and  invitations  from 
the  Edison  Club,  an  employee  organization. 

Edison  General  File  Series 

1915.  Edison  Crushing  Roll  Company  [not  selected]  (E-15-28) 

This  folder  contains  correspondence  and  other  documents  gating  to 
the  business  of  the  Edison  Crushing  Roll  Co.,  which  licensed  and  nstalled 
Edison's  crushing  rolls  and  collected  royalties  for  their  use.  Included  are 
reports  pertaining  to  the  operations  and  output  of  licensees,  and 
correspondence  concerning  the  collection  of  royalties. 

Edison  General  File  Series 
1915.  Edison  Portland  Cement  Company  (E-15-29) 

This  folder  contains  correspondence  and  other  documents  relating  to 
the  business  of  the  Edison  Portland  Cement  Co.  in  the  United  States  and 
abroad  Included  on  one  of  the  incoming  letters  is  a  comment  by  Edison  in 
regard  to  how  "ruinous  competition"  had  depreciated  the  value  of  the 
company's  stock.  Another  marginal  notation  by  Edison  refers  to  the  annual 
shutting  down  of  the  cement  plant  from  December  to  March  and  to  his  plans 
to  remain  closed  until  "the  prices  are  fair." 

Less  than  1  percent  of  the  documents  have  been  selected.  Not  selected 
are  routine  items  pertaining  to  equipment  and  supplies,  monthly  sales,  and 
financial  matters,  including  stockholders'  accounts.  Some  of  the  unse  acted 
material  contains  references  to  the  construction  of  Edison’s  benzol  plant  in 
Johnstown,  Pennsylvania,  and  to  firms  paying  royalties  for  the  use  of  Edison  s 
crushing  technologies. 

jng  to  ask  ii‘  you  can  tell  ub  whether  or  not  these  stocks  have  any 
value  at  the  present  tine  and  If  you  know  of  any  market  for  them. 

Awaiting  the  favor  of  your  reply,  we  remain, 

Philadelphi.a  Pa.  warcn  isio 

nlJauu  ifel  1 fc+M  iaa" 

i  ...  B'ifi  1*  Ut^^* 

Just  as  I  wrote  you  a  word  of  sympathy  dfter  yohr  fire  in 
er  last  do  I  feel  constrained  to  write  you  Ateveral  words  of  the  s 
at  the  closing  down  of  the  Edison  Portland  Cement  Plant.  X  refer 

nature  at  the  closing  down  of  th< 
to  the  decision  to  withdraw  from 
period.  * 

the  market,  for  practically  an  indefinite 

If  proof  of  my  sinceriYy  were  refcessary ,  I  hatfe  but  to  reaer 
>  the  lectures  which  I  have  given  since  I  left  the  employ  of  the  cfon.pony 
1  October  last  on  "Thomas  A.  Edison  and  His  Achievements.  One  lecture 

was*a ttended~by  your  Mr.  Purdy' when  he  followed  me  with  a  demonstration, 
of  your  Diamond  Disc  Phonograph.  (tlHiYtio  ou-w.  -i-ew*  e  «■*  f 

y  O  T  an  A  .  C  0,.  Ves\i 

Rumor  has  it  that  the  plaiTrXsYr&  be ^ismantJldd.  If  this  is 
correct  it  seems  a  sin,a  shame, and  a  crime  to  see  that  beautiful  mill  go 
that  wav.  Accordingly,  if  I  can  show  you  that  by  the  practice  of  economy 
etc.  at  the  mill  and  in  the  sales  department  they  can  be  so  managed  as  to 
keep  both  intact  and  hold  your  own  at  even  a  60ji  price  (making  money  at 
anything  above  that)  will  you  give 

I  can  present  a  man  who  notnonly  knows  |the  sales  end  complete, 
but  who  is  a  thorough  mechanic  and  understands  the/  operation  and  manage¬ 
ment  of  a  manufacturing  plant.  oj  Cujuw-v  «*•  " 

A  January  1911  Scranton  paper  credits  you  with  telling  Mr..  Geo, 
W.  Perkins  that  there  is  a  dirth  of  $10000.00  men  that  there  are  plenty 
of  twos  and  threes.  If  you  will  grant  the  interview  requested  I  feel 
convinced  I  can  present  what  is  called  politically,  A  Dark  Horse 
worth  $10000.00 

If  this  appeals  to  you,  kindly  make  an  appointment ,  and  at 
the  same  time  pending  your  decision  in  the  matter,  I  v/ould  appreciate 
your  treating  this  private  and  confidential  beteoen  yourself,  and 


Edison  General  File  Series  m 

1915  Edison  Pulverized  Limestone  Company  [not  selected]  (E-15-30) 


promotional  material. 

Edison  General  File  Series 
1915.  Edison  Star  [not  selected]  (E-15-31) 

This  folder  contains  unsolicited  correspondence  relating  to  the  myth  that 
Edison  was  responsible  for  a  bright  light  appearing  in  the  sky  above  Menlo 
Park.  Edison  denied  responsibility  and  stated  that  the  light  was  the  planet 

Edison  General  File  Series 
1915.  Education  [not  selected]  (E-15-32) 

This  folder  contains  unsolicited  correspondence  and  other  documents 
concerning  Edison's  opinion  on  technical  and  other  forms  of  education.  The 
letters  received  no  answer  or  only  a  perfunctory  reply  from  Edison. 

Edison  General  File  Series 
1915.  Electric  Light  (E-15-33) 

This  folder  contains  correspondence  and  other  documents  relating  to 
electric  lighting  and  power.  Included  are  numerous  references  to  Edison  s 
work  on  electric  lighting  during  the  1870s  and  18|°s_  Among  the 
correspondents  are  longtime  Edison  associate  William  S  , Andrews i  of  the 
General  Electric  Co.  and  Malcolm  MacLaren  of  the  Electrical  Engineering 
Department  at  Princeton  University. 

Less  than  10  percent  of  the  documents  have  been  selected,  including 
all  items  bearing  substantive  marginalia  by  Edison.  The  unselected  material 
consists  primarily  of  unsolicited  inquiries  and  offers  that  received  no  answer 
or  only  a  form  reply. 


Mr.  Wm.  H.  Meadoworoft,  Seo  y 
Edison  Laboratory, 

Orange,  H.J. 

Lear  Mr.  Meadoworoft: - 

In  reply  to  your  inquiry  of  December 
50th  concerning  the  Bipolar  Dynamo  which  Mr.  Edison 
uresented  to  Princeton  University:  From  the 

Photographs  and  figures  .given  by  Prof.  McLaren  X  believe 
it  to  be  a  Standard  500  watt  dynamo.  The  dimensions  and 
other  data  given  on  my  old  list  for  this  machine  are  as 

Overall  length  21-1/4" 

«  width  14-V/16" 

"  Height  16-1/4 

Diam.  of  pulley  3-1/2 
Face.  *  zZ%f, 

Bore  "  B/B 

,b.  .bo,,  are  «b.  only  di».n.l.n.  of  *bi.  M 

on  my  list.  /  lb.  l«Wtb  or  tb.  iron  tl.-pl.o.  £*%  °f  1,  marked  14-  on  pbotoer.pb  end  tbla 

tb.  total  rtdth  pf  14-7/16"  Elv.n  nbov., 

,hould  further  identify  it,  but  thes 

The  pulley 
ioBe  are  not  given 

by  Prof.  MoLaren, 

The  next  larger  machine  was  rated  at  1000  watts 

and  its  dimensions  etc.  ’ 

Volts iio 
Amps.  9 
R.P.M.  2100 

Overall  length  24-1/4^ 
»  width  82-1/4" 

..  "  height  24" 


Face  8f  pulley  3" 

Bore  "  "  ,  6/8" 

If  none  of  data  will  Berve  for  identification,  it  must 

he  some  special  machine  of  older  make  and  unlisted. 

Crusting  that  this  information  may  he  of  service 
and  cordially  reciprocating  your  kind  wishes  for  a  Happy 
Hew  Year,  I  remain 



Jan.  5-th.  191*;  • 

Ur .  Vi  •  £  .  **ndrev.G , 

General  Electric  Co., 

Schenectady,  «•  Y* 

ily  Soar  fir-  -mdrews: 

I  am  in  receipt  of  your  too  favors  of  the 
fourth  instant,  and  beg  to  express  ray  thanks  to  you  for  the  in¬ 
formation  you  have  Riven  mo  in  repaid  to  the  old  Bipolar  Dynamo 
v.hicn  iir.  Edison  presented  to  Princeton  University.  --E  to  the 
other  motter.  I  do  not  blame  you  for  feeling  «»  you  did.  So  far 
as  I  am  concerned,  your  name  has  always  been  on  ray  list,  and  if 
there  should  bo  another  gathering  of  the  "Old  Elmers",  and  if  1 
am  consulted,  I  shall  lay  a  good  deal  of  emphasis  on  your  name 
being  included.  Eo  tell  the  truth,  I  feel  as  badly  about  it  as 
you  have  felt  yourself,  for  I  have  alv.ays  had  the  warmest  kind 
of  friendly  feeling  toward  your  goodaclf. 

With  kindest  regard,  I  remain, 

Yours  very  truly. 


T/VE"'  '  >\ 

60  Pearl  St.  *1  \(a  ) 

H.Y.  June  19/15.  J  / 

360  Pearl  St.  Y.  June  19/15 

the  accompanying  statement  of  fact,  even  though  it  shock  your  sensi-W  , 
bility  in  memory  of  Mr  Ohinnock,  who  has  repeatedly  informed  me  that  *Ǥ  Vw*v** 
you  and  he  were  particular  friends:  However,  having  passed  the  three 
score  and  ten  of  man's  allotted  existanoe  on  this  terrestrial  sphere,  u  , 

I  want  to  show  that  X  have  taken  a  little  part  in  the  introduction  of^^  ^Kwn 
your  system  in  Brooklyn  even  though  it  were  an  involuntary  gratuit-  J  « 
ious  procedure.  My  experience  aB  a  factor  in  the  introduction  of  Yv>a  « 
commercial  electricity  in  Brooklyn,  that  eventuated  towthe  installa-- 
tion  of  the  Thompson-Houston  system  to  the  exclusion  of  all  other 
Arc  systems  up  to  the  advent  of  your  system,  was  even  more  unfortu- ag¬ 
nate  for  me  in  a  financial  sense,  than  was  my  experience  with  Chin-  u- 
nock  and  Judge  Daley,  simply  because  the  initial  money  I  put  into  the^^pawi** 
enterprise  I  was  unable  to  get  back  -  but,  that  is  a  long  story  that  t  *  *» 
had  to  do  the  politicians  whose  ways  were  as  dark  and  tricks  as  vain^ 
as  attributed  to  the  heathen  Chinese  !  My  late  very  dear  friend,  .  ,  *  \ 

Anthony  N.  Brady,  has  said  facetiously,  that  I  seem  to  lack  a  balance 
wheel,  and  judging  from  the  easy  mark  I  have  seemed  to  be  for  the  ex-  , 
ercise  of  the  duplicity  of  the  knaves,  I  guess  Mr  Brady  was  right.  i/Htwv  «* 
There  is  some  consolation  in  the  fact  that  X  am  alive  today  in  robust 
health  for  an  old  fellow,  and  without  a  black  mark! 

I  have  been  told  of  meeting  you  in  the  flesh  in  the  early  "sixties",  y 
but  my  memory  fails  to  serve  me  as  to  the  occasion.  I  knew  many  of  "7 
the  old  time  operators,  and  could  reminesce  on  a  few  of  them,  although  / 

I  was  interrupted  in  my  practice  to  become  an  operator, by  the  advioe  C> 
of  superintendent  J.H. Baldwin,  who  recommended  that  I  put  my  mind  to 
becoming  a  telegraph  accountant  -  This  reminds  me  of  how  I  escaped 
from  going  to  Port  Lafayette, becuse,  I  was  not  an  operator,  at  the 
time  General  Dix  with  a  squad  of  soldiers, arrested  all  operators  at 
the  N.Y.  office  of  the  "independent  Co"  26  Nassau  St,  as  being  iden¬ 
tified  with  the  false  proclamation  that  was  accredited  with  having 
gone  over  that  Company's  wires.  Wallace  Leaning,  Manager,  and  some 
of  the  others,  looked  upon  it  as  joke  the  first  two  or  three  days 
they  were  "in  hock",  but,  in  about  a  week  they  began  to  think  it  was 
getting  too  serious,  and  one  poor  fellow  named  Aplin  whom  you  might 
have  known  and  would  remember  from  the  fact  that, his  eyes  were  of 
different  color,  one  being  black  and  the  other  blue;  who  gave  up  in 
dispair,  and  said  he  had  no  hope  of  ever  again  seeing  his  Wife  and 
family  -  those  were  stirring  times  !  Some  of  the  old  time  operators 
have  redeemed  themselves  in  a  worldly  sense,  while  many  that  I  have 
known  have  fallen  by  the  way-side  too  weak  to  resist  the  evil  influ¬ 
ences  that  jolly  associations  endangered.  I  was  in  Washington. D.c. 
as  cashier  of  the  U.S.Co,  when  the  Western-Union  gobbled  up  the  Com¬ 
pany  and  our  President  William  Orton.  It  was  in  Washington  I  had  the 
misfortune  to  offend  Gen'l  Eckert,  and  he  was  so  very  narrow  minded 
that  he  never  forgave  me  -  I  used  to  believe  that  David  Homer  Bates 
furnished  the  brains  for  Eckert!  Well,  I  am  occupying  too  much  of 
your  very  valuable  time,  but,  I  must  say  before  closing,  that  you 
have  certainly  redeemed  the  old  staff  of  telegraphersyrand  it  tickles 
me  to  know  that  the  WORLD  does  homage-to  you  -  Amen: 

v — iVery  truly  yours. 

^--Tyery  truly  yours. 


The  publication  of  the  attached  obituary  of  the  late  Charles  E.  Chinnoolc, 
has  inspired  me  to  contribute  something  to  the  history  of  introducing 
Electricity  commercially  in  Brooklyn,  and  especially  to  my  personal 
connection  in  the  initial  endeavor  to  introduce  the  "Edison  System" 

Mr.  Chinnoolc  approached  n 

that,  I  should  aid  him 

i  the  procurement  of  apublic  franchise  to  operate  the  Edison  Systeir 
i  Brooklyn.  X  informed  him  that  the  "Citizens"  and  "Municipal" 
jmpanies ,  then,  operating  in  Brooklyn,  were  practically  dominated 
-id  controlled  by  the  political  element  then  dominating  the  politicc 
f fairs  of  the  City,  and  that  my  knowledge  of  them  was  such  as  to 
iscourage  any  idea  that  they  would  be  willing  to  admit  a  competing 

Mr.  Chinnoolc  again  approaclie 

had  been  accorded  to  him,  both  he  and  his  associates,  were  confident 
of  my  ability  to  procure  a  franchise  for  them  if  I  would  only  under¬ 
take  to  do  so,  and  that  the  remuneration  for  such  service  would  be 
made  satisfactory  to  me.  X  again  declined  for  the  same  reason  as 
before  advanced!  Some  little  time  had  thereafter  elapsed,  when  his 
brother  Frank  appeared  at  my  house  on  a  Sunday,  and  as  the  emissary 
of  Mr.  O.E. Chinnoolc,  actually  begged  me  to  go  to  the  Edison  00.  plant 
on  Pearl  St.,  N.Y.  the  following  day,  when  something  would  be  shown  to 
me  that  was  likely  to  change  my  determination.  Unable  to  resist 
his  importunities  in  an  inoffensive  manner,  I  agreed  to  go  over  the 
following  day,  and  did  so.  Mr.  Chinnock  submitted  to  me  the  organi¬ 
zation  papers  of  the  Brooklyn  Edison  Co.  and  laid  great  stress  upon 
the  character  of  the  individual  subscribers  -  at  the  head  of 'which  I 
remember  was  the  name  of  Spencer  Trask:  I  told  him  that  while  I  per¬ 
sonally  appreciated  the  significance  of  all  that  he  had  shown  to  me, 


such  fact  did  not  however,  change  ray  oonvioion  as  to  the  impolicy  of 
undertaking  to  prooure  a  franchise  right  from  the  looal  authorities 
in  Brooklyn,  unless  he  was  willing  to  play  cards  with  the  gang  and 
to  take  his  chance  of  being  lost  in  the  shuffle. 

That,  the  alternative  would  seem  to  be  in  the  State  Legislature. 

Ke  replied,  well,  we  want  you  to  undertake  to  procure  what  we  must 
have,  and  it  is  immaterial  to  us  what  means  you  pursue  to  get  it  for 
us!  I  promised  to  think  it  over  and  to  confer  again  with  him  later 
on.  In  the  mean  time  I  was  cogitating  as  to  the  advisability  of  as¬ 
sociating  with  some  lawyer  -who  had  had  experience  in  the  art  of  lob¬ 
bying  at  Albany,  and  finally  thought  out  A. H. Daly. 

I  called  upon  Mr  Daly  and  cited  a  hypothetical  case  parallel  to  what 
was  wanted,  and  enquired  if  he  would  be  willing  to  associate  himself 
in  the  undertaking  and  bo  responsible  for  the  Albany  end  of  it, upon 
a  contingent  fee  basis  if  the  fee  was  sufficiently  attractive. 

That,  if  he  should  as  suite  the  undertaking  it  must  be  with  the  dis¬ 
tinct  mutual  agreement  that  he  and  I  should  share  alike  in  all  prof¬ 
it  and  emolument  contingent  upon  his  success,  and  that  I  would  not 
be  called  upon  to  advance  any  part  of  such  expense  he  might  be  call¬ 
ed  upon  to  incur  in  his  pursuit  of  the  goal.  That,  as  a  personal 
certification  of  my  faith  in  his  integrity  to  he  fair  to  me,  and  as 
an  evidence  of  my  confidence  that  he  would  exact  a  contract  equita¬ 
ble  for  bur  joint  benefit, and  no  less  so  than  I  should  probably  be  £<£&/ 
to  accomplish  inyself;l  would  agree  to  introduce  him  to  the  principles 
for  an  entanglement  of  the  necessary  employment,  and  for  the  execu¬ 
tion  of  a  contract  for  our  mutual  protection  with  the  admonition  that 
he  should  at  all  times  be  remindful  of  the  importance  of  the  service 
required,  and  the  sum  of  compensation  that  should  measure  up  to  our 
employers  if  we  should  be  successful,  in  order  that  we  should  have  a 
fair  distribution  of  "the  honey  with  the  comb": 

That,  as  an  evidence  of  my  own  sincerity,  I  would  immediately  after 
the  introduction,  withdraw  from  participation  in  any  subsequent  pro- 


oeedingo  bo  as  to  afford  h:lm  an  uninterrupted  free  hand,  while  1 
would  remain  in  tho  background.  He  appeared  quite  receptive  to  my 
proposition,  but  asked  for  24  hours  time  to  (jive  it  consideration 
from  all  sides:  In  the  interim  of  again  meeting  Judge  Daily,  I 

called  upon  Hr  Chinnoclc,  and  related  to  him  in  a  brief  way  tho  sub¬ 
stance  of  my  talk  with  Judge  Daisy.  .  He  was  elated  and  quite  exu¬ 
berant,  and  expressed  an  apparent  sincerity  of  satisfaction  that  I 
had  become  interested  in  the  materialisation  of  his  hopes,  and  said 
that  although  his  preference  would  be  that, all  negotiations  -would  be 
confined  to  myself  exclusively,  still,  he  would  recognise  and  respect 
my  judgment.  injj*£r erases:  At  my  next  meeting  witii  Judge  Duley,  he 

agreed  to  enter  upon  tho  mission  upon  the  terms  and  conditions  that 
I  have  stipulated,  so  I  fothwith  brought  Daley  and  Oninnock  together, 
and  after  repeating  in  substance  the  agreement  I  had  made  v/ith  Judge 
Daley,  I  left  them  alone  for  the  propitiation  of  the  object  in  view: 
During  the  legislation  that  ensued  in  the  advancement  of  the  Bill  as 
designed  to  afford  the  Edison  Company  operative  privileges  in  nrock- 
lyn,  I  was  a  frequent  recipient  of  complimentary  epistles  from  Mr 
Chinnock,  in  laudation  or  the  great  service  I  was  rendering  the  com¬ 
pany,  v/ith  expressions  of  confidence  in  our  eventual  success: 

The  Dill  finally  passed  both  branches  of  Legislation  and  went  to  the 
Governor  (David  B.  Hill.)  for  his  action  on  it. 

Here  i3  where  tho  political  dominance  of  the  "Eleotrioal-Gang"  was 
manifested  !  Governor  Hill  vetoed  the  resolution  as  passed,  under 
the  plea  that  to  sign  it,  he  would  he  interfering  with  the  principal 
of  "Home-Rule11,  and  that  the  privileges  as  Bought  for  should  be  obtain¬ 
ed  from  the  proper  channel  of  local  authority: 

"Can  such  things  bo  and  overtake  us  like  a  summers  cloud  without  our 
special  wonder":  Well,  the  public  press  of  tho  State  got  on  to  the 

facts,  and  began  an  unceasing  criticism  of  the  Governor's  excuse  for 
vetoing  an  equitable  Bill  when  it  was  generally  Known  throughout  the 
state,  that,  the  political  factors  in  Brooklyn  had  a  monopoly  of 


eleotrio  lighting  in  said  City,  and  would  be  unlilcely  t<j  countenance 
competition  if  they  oould  avoid  it: 

It  was  then  that  the  Governor  became  insistent  that  the  "Bobs"  should 
intercede  in  behalf  of  the  Edison  Company  and  see  that  the  local  au¬ 
thorities  would  recognize  their  application  for  a  franchise  right 
to  operate  in  Brooklyn  -  the  "Gang"  succumbed -under  the  pressure  of 
the  "Boss"  ,  and  the  Edison  Company  reoeived  its  franchise  privileges 
through  the  Board  of  Aldermen,  but,  under  what  termB  of  conciliation 
I  have  never  known:  Thereafter  judge  Daley  came' to  me  and  sta¬ 

ted  that  Ohinnock,  et  al,  repudiated  liability  under  the  Contract. 

210  Broadway, 

Asheville,  H.C. 

June  23rd  1915. 

j,  NMnUwWi 

Mr.  Thomas  A.  Bdison, 

Orange,  B.J. 

Dear  Sir:-  ^ 

X  have  noticed  in  a  local  paper  the  statement 
that  you  have  just  finished  a  remarkable  invention  in 

a  Searchlight  of  comparativelj^h^a^construct^n. 

I  have  been  living  in'" this  city  forfolr  years  - 

past, and  through  my  love  of  the  mountains, and  in  an  ear- 
L-*1 effort  to  try  and  stop  the  ruination  of  the  forest 
on  the  Bides  of  Mt.  Mitchell-the  highest  P°int  ^etT,een 

Fjk&kvs  s  ss»  a  sss  ^ 

dynamo  and  motor, and  to-day  my  cabin  is  electrically 

I  catered  to  over  600  tourists  last  season, 
but  did  not  derive  sufficient  revenue  |°  repay ^original 


some  return  from  my  efforts, for  the  State  «  "®|“lvate 
lina  is  purchasing  the  peak,and  talcing  it  P 


Hot  to  burden  you  with  a  long  story;  I^ant 
to  do  something  unique  to  call  attention  to  Mt.  Mitchell, 
but  X  have  not  a  cent  of  ®°ney  left  to  do  bo.  •  year 
to  connect  the  peak  ^^.“^Jear  if  X  cJ^S  TrZ'r- 

my  hands, and  a  more  fortunate  individual  will  reap  t 
regard  of  my  hard  efforts. 

„  i- 

«  «"■* *> 

let  me  hear  from  you. 

Yours  ,/yery  truly 

(gfttsBtt  (glBcfric  JUluminafing  Co-  of  BoooWsn 

Subject:  Prize  Off 

a  Juno  34-15/ 

..p-i.  p  '-‘""I  I"* 
J'  *}  ^ 

^  —  I  _ 

***  , 

recently  talking  with  a  mutual  friend  v/ho,  ^ 

like- myself,  has  known  you  for  a  number  *SCJ^ 
years,  he  stated  that  you  possessed  the  power  J 
of  inspiring  other  men  to  do  their  utmost 

he  recommended  that  I  drop  you  a  word  and  <*&*> 

explain  to  you  my  plan  of  offering  three 

graded  prizes  for  articles  on  the  utiliz¬ 
ation  of  waste  material. 

Accordingly,  I  inolose  a  copy. 

I  need  not  remark  that  my  name  will  come  1 
you,  because  past  recollection  must  bring 


rr.eohanical  tools 

to  hear  from  you  at  your  con- 
regard  to  your  opinion  of  my 

Yours  sincerely. 



Hr.'  H.  F.  Frasoo,  Purchasing  Agent  of  the  Brooklyn 
atison  Co.,  has  offered  3  graded  prise  a  of  §35.00,  315.00, 
nnrt  §s,00  for  the  beet  artloloe  toy  employee  of  eleotrlo 
lighting  oompanlee  on  the  profit  ro suiting  from  economic¬ 
al  operation  and  utilisation  of  was to  material.  He  haa 
outlined  hie  proposition  to  the  Executive  Committee  of 
the  national  Eleotrlo  Light  Aeon,  asking  that  a  committee 
bo  appointed  to  consider  papers  submitted. 

In  this  regard  Ur.  Fraoeo  eaid:  "The  oubjeot  ie  eo 
broad  that  only  a  fen  suggestions  are  needed  to  show  how 
economy  may  be  praotioed. 

“Over  one  hundred  millions  of  dollars  wore  obtained 
from  the  sale  of  'Junk*  in  1914,  showing  the  necessity 
for  every  one  to  look  to  the  economical  operation  of  his 
own  work. 

“Cotton  nasto  may  bo  used  over  and  over  again  by 
extraoting  the  oil  by  a  cheap  prose,  or  oentrlfic  aotion. 

“The  soot  that  accumulates  in  faotory  stacks  is 
high  grads  lamp  black  and  oan  bo  used  with  consent  to  tone 
side-walks  or  floors,  as  woll  as  a  binder  in  briquetting 
coal  waste. 

“Old  naohiniste'  files  nay  bo  restored  by  sold  bath 
or  roout  by  sand  blast,  employed  in  many  mills  for  re¬ 
moving  paint  from  stool  and  iron  work. 

“A  good  many  operators  though  watohful,  fall  to  see 
the  profit  to  be  had  from  the  sale  of  old  publications, 
catalogs  and  paper,  which  oan  bo  graded,  baled  and  sold 
to  paper  mills. 

"Envelopes  from  incoming  mail  may  bo  eplit  and  uood 
as  soratoh  pads,  a  oaving  in  stationery. 

"One  prominent  oompany  oaves  money  eaoh  year  by 
systematic  filling  of  ink  wells;  the  wollo  being  emptied 
eaoh  Monday  into  a  pot  having  a  oioth  top  which  aots  as 
a  filter  and  then  filled  with  either  filtered  or  non  ink, 
Tuesday  water  io  added;  Wednesday  ink,  and  so  on. 

“Another  man  aoting  on  my  suggestion  uses  the  book 



of  inooralng  correspondence  to  reoolve  oar bon  oopy  of  out¬ 
going  reply,  while  another  instoad  of  using  2  or  more  oopy 
shoots,  oontlnuoa  his  message  on  tho  rovorao  side  of  the 
first  oheet  if  more  than'  one  page  is  required. 

"pencil  holders  for  pencil  stubs  are  an  ooonony. 

"Considerable  money  is  loot  by  selling  metal  scrap  to 
scrap  dealers  who  in  turn  sell  at  a  profit*  whereas  if  mat¬ 
erial  wars  sold  diroot  to  foundries,  profit  would  more  than 
pay  for  oaro  exceroieed,  Hetorn,  motors,  oable,  weather¬ 
proof  wire,  oto.,  and  even  oooond  hand  generating  machinery 
might  be  included. 

"The  ashes  from  burned  off  load  cable,  weatherproof 
wire,  oto.  contain  ooppor  ox  lead  and  are  saleable. 

"The  purohasing  Agent  or  Stationery  Clerk  can  save 
money  to  a  oolootlon  of  paper,  dimonoione,  eto.,  ascertain- 
ing  whoro  tho  stock  oan  ho  had  at  lowoot  niarkot  figures* 

"In  my  nogotiationo  with  founders  for  disposition  of 
my  metal  aoouroulations,  I  am  sometimes  told  my  prloo  io  too 
high  and  that  goods  oan  bo  had  from  scrap  dealers  at  lower 
fiEuros.  It  lo  fair  to  assume  they  are  tailing  me  the 
truth,  hence  it  is  plain  that  factories,  mills  or  shops  aro 
not  receiving  full  value  for  their  sorap  when  oelling  to 
junk  dealers . 

"This  oould  bo  given  thought.  Instead  of  regarding 
accumulations  as  matter  that  muct  bo  got  rid  of,  careful 
separation  of  the  iron,  biaso,  oopper,  aino,  eta.,  will 
lead  to  reaching  the  ultimate  buyer,— tho  foundry man,  who 
in  dealing  with  aorap  dealers  muot  pay  the  dlfforenao  between 
tho  doalore*  buying  and  colling  priocB. 

"Returning  to  the  mattor  of  oorap  paper,  while  not 
every  oonoom  has  enough  waste  paper  or  rags  to  nntoupa 
oarload,  still  by  oo-pporating  with  othero  and  adding  each 
one's  quota  it  is  easy  to  secure  a  oarload  that  may  bo  sold 
direct  to  papor  mills,  securing  a  bettor  price  than  if  cold 
to  a  oorap  dealer. 

"Disraeli  oald,'Tho  aeorot  of  suoooso  in  life  is  for 
a  man  to  bo  wady  for  his  opportunity  when  it  oomoo'  but  I 
think  it  may  be  reviood  to  read:  'The  eeoret  of  ouooaso  in 
life  is  for  a  man  to  take  advantage  of  what  he  sees  and 
create  the  opportunity  so  he  oan  go  ahead.* 

"I  feel  I  could  personally  go  into  almost  any  largo, 
mill  and  return  a  big  profit  through  the  methods  I  have 
used  for  yoaxe  and  also  -recommend  to  others. 


Edison  &  Swan  United  Electric 
Light  Company,  Limited. 

Thirty-Second  Annual  Report 
and  Accounts, 

For  the  Year  ended  30lh  June,  1915. 

Thirty-Second  Ordinary  General  Meeting 
of  the  Shareholders  will  lie  held  at 
Winchester  House,  Old  Broad.  Street, 
London,  E.O.,  on  Thursday,  the  18th  day 
ol  November,  1010,  at  12  o’clock  noon, 
to  transact  the  Ordinary  Business  of  the 

By  Order  ot  the  Board, 

R,  H.  PARKER, 


128/125,  Queen  Victoria.  Street, 
London,  E.C. 

5//i  November,  1016. 




The  Edison  &  Swan  United  Electric  Light 
Company,  Limited. 

Registered  Oj/ine:  123/125,  Queen  Victoria  Street,  London  E.C. 

Directors  : 

C.  J.  FOltD,  Chairman.  EUSTACE  C.  QUILTEE. 


0.  E.  HUNTER. 

Ubirt^Seconb  Hnnual  IRepout 

For  the  Year  ended  30th  June,  1013. 

The  Directors  submit  herewith  their  Report  mill  Accounts  for  the  year 
ended  30th  June,  1013. 

After  providing  for  Interest,  on  both  Classes  of  Debenture  Stock,  and 
Depreciation  upon  Freehold  Properties  and  Plant  there  is  a  net  Profit  ol 
£14,110  17s.  lid.  which  added  to  the  amount  of  £3,731  18s.  4d.  brought  forward 
from  last  year,  makes  a  total  standing  to  the  credit  of  Profit  and  Loss  of 
£10,878  16s.  3d.  which  the  Directors  propose  to  deal  with  by  Transferring  to 
Reserve  Account  the  sum  of  £13,000,  and  carrying  forward  the  balance  of 
£4,878  10s.  3d. 

As  previously  pointed  out  it  is  absolutely  essential  in  the  interests  of  the 
Company  that  a  substantial  Reserve  Account  be  created  and,  for  this  reason,  the 
Directors  regret  that  they  are  unable  to  recommend  the  payment  of  a  Dividend 
upon  the  Shares. 

The  increased  turnover  of  the  business,  coupled  with  the  rise  in  the  cost  of 
all  raw  materials  and  labour,  have  severely  taxed  the  capital  resources  of  the 
Company  during  the  past  year  and  additional  Working  Capital  is  required  in 
consequence.  This  can  only  be  provided  out  of  Profits,  therefore,  the  Directors 
recommend  the  allocation  of  the  amount  standing  to  the  credit  of  Profit  and  Loss 
as  above. 

It  will  be  seen  from  the  Accounts  that  marked  progress  has  been  made 
during  the  past  year,  and  the  results  would  probably  have  been  still  moro 
satisfactory  had  it  not  been  for  the  abnormal  rise  in  the  price  of  raw  matonals, 
labour  and  carriage.  Whilst  on  the  Engineering  side  of  the  Works  this  extra  cost 
has  been  partially  met  by  a  corresponding  rise  in  selling  values,  the  Lamp  side,  of 
the  Works  h  1  ei  tei  till  itt  te  1  and  it  being  impossible  to  raise  the  selling 
price  of  drawn  wire  Lamps,  the  increased  cost  of  manufacture  has  materially 
reduced  the  Profit  on  Sales. 

In  spite  of  the  difficulties  attending  the  shipment  of  Goods  for  abroad,  tho 
Directors  are  pleased  to  report  that  the  Export  business,  particularly  to  the 

British  Colonies  111  1  s  si  o  a  marked  increase,  and  they  look  for 

considerable  development  in  this  direction  when  times  bccoino  normal. 

A  Resolution  will  be  submitted  to  the  Meeting  for  the  purpose  of  electing 
to  tho  Board  Mr.  John  Cross,  who  represents  parties  holding  a  considerable 
interest  in  Shares  of  the  Company,  and  the  Board  trust  that  Shareholders  will 
support,  this. 

Under  tho  terms  of  tho  Articles  of  Association;  Mr.  C.  J.  Ford  and 
Mr.  E.  C.  Quiltor  retire  from  tho  positions  of  Directors  and,  being  eligible, 
offer  themselves  for  re-election. 

Tho  Auditors,  Messrs.  Wolton,  Jones  &  Co.,  retire,  and  offer  themselves 
for  re-appointment. 

By  Order  of  the  Board, 


123/125,  Qunnx  Victouia  Sthickt,  Sucrelarii. 

London,  E.C., 

5  !h  Xovember,  1015. 


BALANCE  SHEET,  30th  JUNE,  1915. 

C.  J.  FORD, 


T  ; 

con  claim  perhaps  pioneer  work, 
small  Cornwall  Anthracite  fncna 
the  incandescent  lamp  in  1883. 

aa  an  outsider.  My 

My  home  at  Cornwall 



Decern&eK  2,  1915.  />■* 






Thomas  A.  Edi son , 

Llewellyn  Park, 

Orange ,  N.  i 
Lear  Hr.  Edison: 

A  good  many  years  ago  you  gave  to  Princeton 
University  one  of  your  early  types  of  dynamo.  I 
have  recently  had  this  placed  with  others  we  have 
collected  in  the  Museum  in  Palmer  Laboratory,  and 
it  has  occurred  to  me  that  it  would  add  greatly 
to  its  historic  value  if  we  might  attach  to  it  a 
statement  offer  your  signature  which  would  calllat- 
tention  to  original  features  used  in  its  construc¬ 
tion  and  the. reasons  which  ledtotheir  adoption. 

The  name  plate  on  this  machine  v/hich  I  trust 
will  be  sufficient  for  its  identification  is  as 


Edison  Electric  Light  Co., 

Mew  York  City, 

Patented  December  29,  1879. 

Other  patents  allied  for 
Ho.  41. 

1  hope  you  will  pardon  me  for  asking  thii 

favor .vwtAKindest  regards 


Yours  very  truly, 


December  22,  1915. 

f  * 

Mr.  Thomas  A.  Edison, 

Orange,  M.  J. 

Dear  Sir: 

In  line  with  your  letter  o?1  the  6th  inst. 

I  have  photographed  the  small  dynamo  which  you 
gave  to  Princeton  University!  a  number  of  years 
ago,  and  enclose  herewith  two  views  of  this 
machine.  I  have  marked  on  ihe  prints  the 
principle  dimensions  of  the  nkchine  and  trust 
that  viith  this  information  you  will  be  able  to 
identify  it  and  send  us  a  short  statement  regard¬ 
ing  the  history  of  its  development. 

It  may  be  of  interest  tofyou  to  note  that 
on  the  left  side  of  one  of  these  pints  a  group 
of  your  early  experimental  incandescent  lamps  is 

„  Yours  very  truly, 

jJ*  ( 

KacL/D  OY  . 

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CMS**  ,  t**'  Vf  ' 

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Edison  General  File  Series 
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This  folder  contains  unsolicited  correspondence  relating  to  Edison's 
electric  pen.  None  of  the  letters  received  a  substantive  response  by  Edison. 

Edison  General  File  Series 
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Thjc  folder  contains  correspondence  and  other  documents  relating  to 


i  n*  at  Qilver  Lake  New  Jersey.  There  are  also  comments  by  Edison  about 


acquaintance  Charles  P.  Bruch  of  the  Postal  Telegraph  Cable  Co.  and  former 
laboratory  employee  Frank  A.  Wardlaw. 

Less  than  1  percent  of  the  documents  have  been  selected.  The 
unselected  documents  include  numerous  items  bearing  Edisor is ^marg' ml  , 
“ypiSly  remarking  about  his  lack  of  need  for  the  applicant  at  present. 

i-  manufacturing  Company, 
Bennett  &  Y/hite  Company, 
genized  by  me,  and  are  j 

Mention  with  the  Edwards  Eiv 
the  B.  V.  Edward o  Company  : 
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■oy  me,  and  are  in  operation  w,ay  upu.i ■ 

.  j  am  a  Techni cal  graduate  iron  tue  UniY 
in,  and  have  boon  designing  automatic  macl 
"e-'-’en  vea’-s .  I  shall  only  need  to  have  j 
-  which' you  desire  to  have  done  and  can  t. 
nd  work  out  all  of  the  necessary  motions. 

Several  of  the  problem: 
follows:  Butter  ’.Trapping  a: 
permit  bulk  butter  to  he  re: 
thereupon  deliver,  wrapped, 
of  butter  at  a  speed  of  fir 
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the  market.  X  nave  further 

nroblems,  which  I. have  solved,  are  as 
pping  and  Printing  Machine,  wnioh  vail 
o  he  received  in  a  hopper  and  will 
rapped,  guaranteed  full  weight,  prints 
of  -fifty  prints  per  minute.  This  ma- 
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further  designed  a  recording  machine^ 

for  music  rolls’ which  automatically  ll( 

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that  may  he  apparent  to  you. 

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ninth , 

Mr.  Thomas  A.  Edison, 
Lakeside  Avenue, 

West  Orange,  II.  J. 


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This  letter  will  he  presented  by  Mr. 

Tagliatela,  who  has  attended  an  adult  foreign  class  of 
this  school  for  some  time  and  so  has  come  under  my  notice. 

Mr.  Tagliatela  plays  the  clarionet  very  well  and 
he  is  seeking  employment  as  a  musician.  If  you  do  not 
need  him  perhaps  you  can  send  him  to  some  place  where  he 
can  obtain  such  employment. 

He  is  a  young  man  of  good  habits  and  one  who  will 
give  strict  attention  to  his  work.  He  has  played  the  clarionet 
for  many  years  and  wishes  to  secure  a  place  where  he  can 
devote  himself  entirely  to  his  music. 

If  you  can  help  him  in  any  way,  you  will  be  doing  a 
favor  for  a  young  man  who  deserves  help. 


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Mr.  W.  H.  Meadowcroft, 
Thos.  A.  Edison,  Ino., 

Orange*  K-  J* 

Ky  dear  Mr.  Meadowcroft: - 

I  era  enclosing  a.aapy  +*  W  letter  to 
Mr.  Edison.  Although  I  have  met  Mr.  Edison  in  his  home,  he 
win  nrohahly  not  remember  me. 

they  thought  it  would 
while  Dr.  Krishna  is 

[rs.  Sloane  and  MrB.  Edison 
he  possible  to  arrange  thi 
in  this  country'.- 

told  mo  that 
b  interview 

1  will  appreciate  anything  you  can  do 
toward  helping  Dr.  Krishna. 






PQpfc  March  4th,  1915. 

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Uy  dear  Hr.  Edison:  -  '■ - 

Br.  h.  Krishna  of  India,  whom  I  met  through 
Hr.  Adolph  Boeder,  has  asked  me  if  it  would  he  possible  for  him  to 
meet  you  and  talk  with  you. 

A  few  days  before  your  unfortunate  fire,  I 
taltad  with  your  daughter,  Mrs.  Sloane,  and  later  with  Mrs.Edison, 
who  may  have  spoken  to  you  about  the  possibility  of  that  interview. 

Dr.  KriBhna,  as  Mr.  Boeder  told  me,  1b  an  un¬ 
usually  scholarly  Hindoo,  ne  is  president  and  founder  of  the  Franco- 
Indian  Sooiety,  the  object  of  which  is  to  establish  closer  relation¬ 
ship  between  Franoe  and  India  in  both  literary  and  oomnereial  ways. 

The  outbreak  of  the  war  in  Europe  made  impossible 
the  lecture  tour  that  had  been  arranged  throughout  various  cities  on 
the  continent,  and  Dr.  Krishna  loft  Paris  for  America.  He  has  given 
quite  a  number  of  lectures  in  this  country  and  will  lecture  at  the 
Women's  Club  of  Orange  on  the  31st  of  March.  He  has  secured  scholar¬ 
ships  in  some  of  the  American  Universities  ana  Colleges  for  Indian 

In  addition  to  his  desire  to  meet  and  talk  with 
you,  he  wants  to  discuss  with  you  the  possibility  of  having  one  or  two 
young  Hindoos  work  in  your  factory. 

Dr.  Krishna  is  well  Known  among  a  group  of  men  in 
India, that  might  bo  termed  the  "Young  India  Party". 

I  am  sure  that  if  you  can  find  time  to  grant  Dr. 
Krishna  an  interview,  you  will  find  him  exceptionally  interesting  and 
worth  while,  and  furthermore,  you  will  confer  upon  him  a  favor  which  he 
desires  very  much. 


P.S.Any  day  exoept  Saturday  or  Sunday  would  be  convenient  for  Dr.Krishna. 


with  your  Company.  During  these  visits  X  could  not  help  noticing 
the  electric  wiring  conditions  as  not  being  up  to  the  latest  retire¬ 
ments  of  the  art. 

A  Plant,  famous  the  florid  over,  can  hardly  he  imagined  to  possess 
electric  wiring  construction,  evidently  deviced  by  an  amateur.  On 
account  of  these  observations,  I  take  the  liberty  to  offer  my  services 
as  Chief  Electrician  for  construction  and  maintenance  of  your  plant. 

I  am  an  active  man,  knowing  the  construction  and  maintenance  of 
isolated  electric  plants  in  all  their  details,  theory  and  practice. 
Have  had  over  twenty  years  experience  and  the  best  of  references. 

Hoping  to  be  honored  with  a  favorable  reply,  I  teg  to  remain 
_^yery  respectfully^^ 


H.  Wither ell. 

Ho.  35  Bast  SBth  Street, 
Hew  York. 

Hew  York,  Hov.  1,  1903. 

It,  »«„  i.  G.  Pram  Installed  tie  generate..,  eleetrle  llgtt 
plant  mending  -tor,.  t.lepl.n.a  nnd  eleetrle  tells  at  gdge.eod.  Inn, 

Greenwich,  Conn. 

I  consider  Mr. 
fully  as  to  ability 

Frank  an  expert  electrician  and  can  recommend  him 
and  character. 

(Signed)  Ha than! el  Wither ell 

per  J.  A.  Shedd,  Atty. 


R.  A.  Schoenberg  &  Co. 

Main  Office,  906  Sixth  Avenue. 

Dec.  1st,  1903. 

To  Whom  it  may  concern: 

The  hearer.,  Mr.  1.  G.  Frank,  has  been  in  my  employ  a  number 
of  years,  in  various  capacities  as  electrician  and  electric  light  wire- 
man  and  the  erecting  of  electric  light  plants . 

I  have  always  found  him  a  thoroughly  satisfactory  and  reli¬ 
able  man  and  can  recommend  him  as  such  to  any  one  requiring  his 
services . 

Yours  truly, 

(Signed)  Chas.  J.  Klein, 



Elraendorf  Farm 

0.  K.  Berryman 
•  Manager 

Lexington,  Ky.  Jan.,  24th,  1905. 

To  Whom  this  may  concern: 

'  This  is  to  certify  that  Mr.  L.G. Frank  has  been  in  our  employ 

for  one  year,  in  the  capacity  of  first  Electrician.  He  was  employed  to 
construct  the  electric  light  and  telephone  wiring  in  and  for  our  various 
buildings,  wiring  of  new  buildings  and  was  in  charge  of  our  Power  Plant. 

His  service?  were  satisfactory  in  every  respect,  and  we  can 
receommend  his  workmanship. 

Yours  truly, 

(Signed)  Ad.  Wegner 

Mr.  Prank  worked  under  the  superintendency  of  Mr.  Wegner 
and  his  work  so  far  as  I  have  been  able  to  learn  v/as  satisfactory. 


(Signed)  0.  H.  Berryman 
Manager . 



United  States  Express  Company. 

Office  of  The  President. 

2  Rector  Street,  Hew  York. 

December  16th,  1914. 

To  Whom  It  May  Concern: 

The  bearer  of  this,  Mr.  George  Prank,  has  been  with  this 
Company  for  more  than  four  years.  Being  not  only  a  thorough  elec¬ 
trician,  but  a  practical  mechanic,  he  has  haa  charge  of  the  eleo^ 
trical  equipment,  heating,  plumbing,  steam-fitting,  etc.,  also  the 
inauguration  of  new  methods  of  handling  with  a  view  to  economical 

I  have  no  hesitancy  in  recommending  Mr.  Prank  as  being 
competent  and  in  every  way  reliable.  He  has,  particularly  in  the 
past  two  years,  saved  this  Company  a  very  considerable  sum  of 
money  by  his  efficient  work. 

Yours  very  truly, 

(Signed)  D. I. Roberts. 


7.  U.  Mead owor oft. 
Assistant  to  Mr.  Edison 


1402  Bristow  Street, 

Hew  york,  Apr.  8,1915. 

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to.  a.x.«  1.  .».«•».  “•*  «  ■*“"  “  °Mrf  E1'",?10le,‘ 
f„  to.  Stat.a  Espreaa  C.W.  «  •»*»«=*  *»“  SXOO'°0  “ 
5X76.00  6,  Mr.  I.  «.  Htoar...  *r..ia.«.  <*  to.,, 

W.  ..a  don.  f..r  parf.r.l.a  =«*«  «  *».  E.8i..ari»6  •««- 
....  of  to.  *»»-,.  to  Mr.  Eto.rta.  *».r.f.r.  I  l«v. 

tt.  amount  .f  to.  salary  J««  ™la  ev.otuallf  pay  •».  *°  als°” 

,«  f«  your  !.«.»  »»a  VWtoB  to  ««r.  X»  a»  «“ 

X  remain  x  ^ 

\  yours  very  respectfully, 

t'XtirUi  j 

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April  12th.  1915. 

Hr.  George  Prank, 

1402  Bristow  Street, 

Hew  York  City. 

Bear  Sir: 

I  an  in  receipt  of  your  favor  of 
the  Oth  instant,  which  1  laid  before  Hr. 
Edison.  He  requests  me'  to  say  that  he  findB 
there  is  opposition  from  our  Hanagers  to  the 
taking  on  of  a  new  man  for  the  work  in  que  s- 
tion,  as  they  wish  to  retain  the  one  we  had 
■before  the  fire.  He  states  therefore  that 
he  will  be  unable  to  offer  you  a  position  at 
||his  time. 

Yours  very  truly. 

Assistant  to  Hr.  Edison. 

Silrer  lake,  5.  J.  April  17th.  191B. 

Hon.  Thomas  A.  Edison,  Uw*  uO-Usk  1 

: _  k>  t  .  .  , 

Orange.  H.  J* 

=1  -  r  1^  " 

I  a.  living  in  Silver  lake  tor  eeverel  tenth,  and  haj#  s 
been  out  ot  work  tor  some  ti™>.  I  »•«  *«.  *>»"  ‘°  “X 
I  .ould  enter  one  of  jeer  in  Silver  M.  I 
keen  in  a  Seminary  in  Italy  for  eeven  ye.r.  etndlng  .«  a 
Oetholio  but  then  my  parent.  enable  t.  keep  me 

longer  in  College  that  I  me  oo»p.ll.d  tone.,  to  dnerio. 
to  she  if  1  ooold  earn  a  living.  I  »  »““•  "°th"  “* 
three  .later,  in  Italy  that  depend  epon  TO  nag...  and  TO 
parent,  are  both  too  old  to  nork.  I  have  been  in  *».rio.  fer 
the  l«.t  three  year.,  taring  lived  in  E.  I.  before 
I  ....  to  Silver  lake.  I  aoeld  like  to  do  any  thing  ieet 
though  it.  light  nork.  I  o.nnot  do  heavy  work.  I  am  very 
eorry  that  I  o.nnot  read  and  .rite  .0  »U  B  Engll.b  or  I 
eould  get  on.  of  the  hoot  po.ltiono.  I  at  prevent  .tndlng 

English  at  night  but  I  meet  aork  during  the  day.  kindly  tav. 
pit,  on  a  person  like  TO  .=  yon  might  irogln.  to.  ■  ””U‘ 
adneatod  f.lloa  in  men  he  oo...  to  a  strange  nation  or  ooontry. 

I  sincerely  wish  yon  would  believe  «e  and  have  some 
pit,  ..  I  eannet  stay  ont  of  work  an,  longer.  I  tav.  hoard  to 
pey.  kindly  do  not  deny  me  thin  fever,  "hatever  yon  do  for  me 

the  good  Lord  will  pay  you  in  double. 

With  reBpeot  and  esteem. 

129  Heokel  3t.,  Silver  hake, 


u€  l£*r  H 

Dear  Sirs-  Qo|  ^  ** 

Some  time  ago  a  notice  in^he  newap^^ame  to  j^.  ott^Ura^  a 
nervous  man  who  could  not  sleep,  whom  ok  o^rg^Jof  ^  V0**  faotory  and 

interested  in  the  work,  so  that  ho  became  £»-'*‘s-a' 

I  am  very  nervous,  c^ot'ttefp%>ms clattod  to  my^uainess,  j®  noj^ 
able  to  concentrate  on  anything  ,_0n/  c£mi>t  £'■ 

to  me.  I  have  tried  many  different  ra0nthB’ 

any  good  results.  Would  you  be  kind  the  privilege  of  entering 

your  plant,  as  an  employee,  without  of  oourse,  getting  any  remuneration. 

t,  wm,id  he  kind  enough  to  grant  me  a  personal  interview,  X  should 

o  my  business,  am  i 

to  me.  I  have  tried  many  different  s 
any  good  results.  Would  you  be  kind 

very  thankful. 

Thanking  you  in  advance,  for  your 

in  this  matter,  I  remain. 

Respectfully  yours. 

yfc,  Jc^J<di'^ 

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My  dear  Mr.  Edison: 

Our  attention  has  heen  called  to  a 
Mr.  A.  J.  Thompson  in  connection  with  some  work 
along  the  lineB  of  patent  engineering.  Hearing 
that  he  has  heen  associated  with  you,  we  are 
taking  the  liberty  of  asking  if  you  will  please 
inform  us  as  to  his  qualifications  and  personal 

Thanking  you  for  any  information 
T/tfiich  you  may  he  able  to  give  us,  I  remain 
Very  truly  yours, 

t3fc6  £s Pc^ryn  m, 

l°^ek^“/o^cxcL^(w^t  -f 

CoMte  _  )  .  I°\\ 

^  r ^ 

^  «~«L  *_  ^aUv 

f-O^^U  -  1  foaa~0f_r 

,  ^1  ov^*ma^cA.  vO<ytA. 


J0**.  *  „B  .  ^ 

w  ^  du^ 

!  f^T^^y^u. 

J/  **-  I^ojJji_  asr^  ofusyv^^  JifLoJit.  ksi.  Ossy  y£arf^ 

I  (yo^ 

^UJOAfL  -^.pO^ 

I  should  like  to  enter  my  application  for 
work  in  the  Ohemioal  Department.  Was  graduated  last 
June  from  Syracuse  university,  receiving  the  degree 
of  Bachelor  of  Science  in  Chemistry,  and  completed 
the  following  courses: 

In  Chemistry — 

Elementary  Inorganic ,  one  year , 

General  Inorganic,  one  year. 

Inorganic  Preparations ,  one  year, 
Elementary  Organic,  one  year. 

Advanced  Organic,  one  year. 

Organic  Preparations,  one  year. 

Qualitative  Analysis,  one  year. 
Quantitative  Analysis,  one  year. 

Advanced  Quantitative  Analysis,  half  year, 
Gas  and  Fuel  Analysis,  half  year. 

Electro  Chemical  Analysis,  half  year. 

Water  Analysis,  half  year, 

.Industrial,  one  year. 

Chemistry  of  Forest  Products,  half  year. 
Physical  Chemistry,  one  year, 

Thesis  on  the  Quantitative  Determination 
of  Tin. 

In  Physics— 

Elementary  Physios,  ohe  year, 
palfiyear  courses  in  Heat,  Light,  Sound, 
Magnetism  and  Eleotrioity, 

Electrical  Measurements,  half  year. 

Stop1 Work,  one  yeari'j 


'*  /  B'aot.eriuiogy ,  including  Water  Analysis, 
V  'Mathematics  up  to  Calculus, 

\Englisttf  Frenoh  and  German. 

For  information  regarding  my  work  in  college 
I  would  refer  you  to  Dr.  E.  N.  Pattee,  Bowne  Hall, 
Syracuse  University,  Dr.  H.  C.  Cooper,  Bowne  Hall, 
Syraouse  University,  and  Dr.  R.  S.  Boehner,  Bowne  Hall, 
Syr a.  University. 

I  am  now  working  for  a  concern  which  manufaoturi 
a  magnesia  oement  but  there  does  not  seem  to  be  a  very 
promising  future  with  them. 

Hoping  to  receive  a  favorable  reply  in  the 
near  future,  I  am 

Very  truly  yours, 

A.  ' 

(yitw  l0o> 
QUt'**  T 

NATIONAL  GUARD  OF  NEW  JERSEY  |*,'trvv*‘/<' 


Mr.  Thoin5B-'X7  Edison, 

Llewellyn  Park, 

West  Orange,  N.  J. 


.September  7,  1915, 

rtt-ts  I  X-54^ 

ct^vT  leUu  5fi  cuo  IF 

In  these  days  v/hen  prepnrednese 

to  call  to  your  r 

ice  {he  fact 

-LU  | 

efence  in  case 

izfi1  ‘ 

wide  attention,  it  may  not  be  amiBB| 
that  the  national  Guard  would 

of  hostilities  between  this  countrV^and’iT  fore ign  .power,  and 

portanoe,  therefore,  of  keeping  thV^alionnl^Guar^^reorui^ 
t-irH  t-k  C  „ 

full  maximum  strength.  With  a  view  to^ 

plement  of  officers  and  enlisted^kn^inccSmBaniea^raiid  I  oi/<3range, 
Company  K  of  Montclair  and  Company  A  of  Passaic,  comprisin&JJl^  First 
Battalion  of  the  FiJCth.  New  Jersey  Infantry,  I  write  to  ask  y/fur  cooper¬ 
ation,  and  to  that  end  that  you  let  me  Viave,  at  an  early  dhy,  n  reply  to 

ShePfirst  linejs 

f^e  in,- 
_ .  _ _  i  4~u-r 

!a£i ona l^Guar r e oru i\£ed  u^  tfo  its 

the  following  questions: 

1.  Will  you  encourage,  or  at  least  do  nothing  to  hinder,  your  employes 
joining  the  National  Guard? 

2.  Will  you  permit  those  of  your  employes  who  become  members  of  the 
National  Guard  to  attend  the  regular  drills  of  their  Company  one 
evening  a  week  during  the  Winter  and  Buch  other  few  military  gather¬ 
ings  as  they  may  be  ordered  to  attend,  even  if  they  have  to  be  ex¬ 
cused  during  your  usual  working  hours  for  this  purpose? 

3  Will  you  allow  such  of  your  employes  as  become  members  of  the 

National  Guard  to  attend  a  military  encampment  or  maneuvers  for  a 
week  or  ten  days  each  year,  with  or  without  pay? 

Will  you  employ,  and  keep  in  your  employ,  men  who  belong  to  the 
National  Guard  to  the  same  extent  as  if  they  were  not  members  of  the 
National  Guard  and  their  military  duties  as  such  did  not  in  any  way 
enoroach  upon  their  time  as  such  employes  of  yours? 

Thanking  you  in  advance  for  a  full  and  frank  answer  to  these 

questions,  which  I  am  sure  will  greatly  facilitate  the  securing  of  de¬ 
sirable  men  for  our  local  military  companies,  I  remain, 

Yours  very  truly, 

Major,  Fifth  New  .Tersav^lnfantrv. . 

Sept.  9th.  191 

Mr.  William  A.  lord, 

I'aj or ,  Fifth  Hew  Jersey  Infantry, 
liational  Guard  of  Eew  Jersey, 

Orange ,  H .  J . 

Dear  Sir: 

I  am  in  receipt  cf  your  favor  of 
tho  seventh  instant,  and  in  reply  leg  to 
answer  your  questions  numbers  1,  2,  3  and  4 
affirmatively,  if  you  do  not  take  so  many 
of  our  men  as  to  cripple  me  in  carrying  on 
my  manufacturing  operations. 

If  the  number  of  men  taken  is 
not  too  groat,  I  will  allow  full  pay  for  a 
week  or  ton  days. 

I  am  willing  to  try  this  for  two 
years  to  see  ho.v  it  works. 

Yours  very  truly, 

Sept.  10th.  1915. 

Hr.  H.  A.  Sweet,- 
414  Court  Street , 

Syracuse,  II.  Y. 

Dear  Sir: 

Mr.  EaiBon  reoeivea  your-favor 
of  tl»  31st  ultimo,  ana  requests  us  to  say 
that  he  a ah  start  you  in  his  Laboratory 
on  experimenting  at  the  rate  of  $15.00  per 
week.  If  he  f  inas  that  you  are  valuable  he 
will  pay  more  in  the  oourso  of  time . 

Yours  very  truly, 

Elis  on  Laboratory. 

postal  (Hclci3vaplj-(£alilc  Company 

l£xccutitic  dDfficcs 


IMi'lu  V)  nrli  September  Twenty-Second, 

or',T  ~  19  15. 

Y  ^OU^eA^' 

Dear  Mr.  Edison: 

I  have  given  Mr.  J.  W.  Bragdon  of  Minneapolis  a  card  of  in¬ 
troduction  to  you  and  he  will  go  out  to  Orange  within  two  or  three  days. 
When  he  presents  the  card,  X  hope  you  will  be  able  to  give  him  a  few 
minutes  of  your  time.  He  wants  to  talk  with  you  in  regard  to  a  nephew 
of  his  who*' is  very  anxious  to  work  under  your  personal  supervision  in 
your  laboratory.  Mr.  Bragdon  will  tell  you  about  his  qualifications. 

Mr.  Bragdon  is  a  good  friend  of  my  good  friend  Harry  Tuttle, 
an  old  time  telegrapher,  whom  I  think  you  yourself  know,  and  who  is 
now  the  President  and  General  Manager  of  the  north  American  Telegraph 
Company.  You  will  find  his  opinion  of  Mr.  Bragdon  in  the  enclosed 

I  will  appreciate  it  very  muoh  and  esteem  it  a  favor  to  me, 
if  you  will  grant  Mr.  Bragdon  a  personal  interview  when  he  calls. 

By  the  way  -  speaking  of  old  timers  -  Taltavall  tells  mo  that 
Eitemiller  that  the  only  two  old  timers  on  earth  in  New  York 

enough  to  be  my  father.  X  admit,  without  reservation,  that  I  am  still 
on  earth,  but  I  deny  tho  allegation  that  I  am  fat. 

I  would  be  delighted  if  you  would  drop  in  again  and  ^ve  lunoh 
with  us  some  day,  and  Judge  for  yourself  as  to  my  age,  weight  and  condition 
of  servitude. 

With  kind  regards  to  Mrs.  Edison  and  yourself. 

Very  truly  yourB 

Mr.  Thos.  A.  Edison, 
Lewellyn  Park, 
Orange,  N.  J. 



iDiSMOj)  TREAT  ! 

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x  Model  Plant. 

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617  Electrical  Exchange  Bldg., 
136  Liberty  street,  N.Y. 
Nov. 9th  1915. 

Engineering  Department , 

Messrs  C.Amslnok  &  Co., 

P.O.Box  243.  City. 

Dear  Sirss- 

Replylng  to  your  favor  of  even  date,  and  with  further  ref¬ 
erence  to  mine  of  the  8th  Inst.,  I  beg  to  give  you  herewith  the 
risumi  covering  my  education  and  business  experience  as  requested. 

Educations-  private  schools  in  Brooklyn  and  on  Staten  Is¬ 
land  to  the  age  of  9,  Trinity  School  N.Y. city  to  the  age  of  11, 
Nazareth  Hall  Military  Academy  to  the  age  of  15,  and  finally  a 
Preparatory  School  and  Columbia  University. 

Business  Experiences-  My  first  business  experience  was  with 
my  Father  where  I  was  taught  the  fundamentals  of  commercial  train¬ 
ing,  banking,  etc.  In  the  early  part  of  1881  I  entered  the  labora¬ 
tory  of  Thoe.A. Edison  at  Menlo  Park.  N.J.  remaining  there  until  It 
was  practically  abandoned  late  In  1888.  I  then  entered  the  Ooerok 
St. works  of  the  Edison  Electric  Light  Co. going,  through  the  shops 
and  testing  room.  While  here  I  was  engaged  In  the  installation  of 
the  earliest  eleotrlo  light  plants  In  New  York  City,  and  elsewhere, 
including  the  original  Pearl  st. Central  station.  I  was  afterwards 
oonneoted  with  the  U.S. Elec. Light  Co.,  the  Brush-$wan  Elec. Light  Co. 
and  the  Fuller  Eleo. Light  Co.  Eleotrlo  traction  then  coming  to  the 
fore  I  became  connected  with  the  Daft  Electric  Railway  Co,  and  Its 

United  Electric  Traction  Co.  for  whom  I  Installed  varl- 


Eng. Dept.  Amslnok  &  0o-3 

This  concern  going  out  of  business  X  then  became  connected 
with  the  Edison  Oenl.Eleo.Co.  at  sohenectady,  where  I  remained  until 
Sept. 1881  when  I  came  to  Hew  York  as  Chief  Engineer  of  the  first 
electric  railway  system  on  Manhattan  Island.  Resigned  this  post  in 
1895  to  take  charge  of  the  building  of  the  Atlantic  Coast  System  in 
northern  New  Jersey.  This  being  completed  in  1896,  I  left  in  the  Fall 
of  that  year  for  Buenos  Aires  to  supervise  the  construction  of  the 
first  eleotrlo  railway  system  in  that  city,  and  I  think  in  south  Am¬ 
erica.  Returning  from  B.A.  in  1898  I  became  attached  to  the  Engineer¬ 
ing  nept, Oenl.Eleo.Co.  In  Nov. 1809  I  left  for  Lisbon,  Portugal,  to 
'‘change  the  tramway  system  of  that  city  from  mule  to  electric  traction, 
completing  same  and  returning  to  N.Y.  in  1901,  to  the  Eng. Dept. Genl. 
Elec. Co.  From  March  1903  to  Jan.1906  I  was  engaged  in  designing  and 
supervising  the  construction  of  power  plants  in  western  Pennsylvania, 
Ohio, and  Illinois.  In  Feb. 1906  I  again  went  to  Buenos  Aires  as  an  im¬ 
porter  of  electrical  and  mechanical  goods,  doing  business  in  Argentina, 
Uruguay,  Brasil,  and  Chill,  which  proved  successful.  While  there  I 
developed  some  valuable  patents  covering  looomotlve  appliances  that 
were  so  successful,  that  after  covering  the  Argentine  field  I  left  for 
London  in  1910  to  prosecute  these  patents  in  England.  Remained  in  Eu¬ 
rope  until  the  early  part  of  1014,  when  I  returned  to  America  bringing 
some  valuable  patented  articles  for  the  purpose  of  exploiting  then  in 
this  country.  While  in  Argentina  I  was  Vioe  Pres,  of  the  Institution 
of  Engineers,  while  in  England  Vice  Chairman  British  Inst. Looomotlve 
Engineers,  and  while  here  was  a  member  Amer.lnst.Elec.Engrs.  Am  famil¬ 
iar  with  Western  European  and  South  American  countries,  their  habits, 
customs,  business  methods  and  languages,  having  influential  political 
and  social  connections  Inmost  of  them. 


Eng.  Dept.  Amsinck  &  Co.  -  3 

I  fool  I  can  cordially  refer  you  to  the  following  who 
have  known  no  for  a  groat  many  years. 

Ur.  Thos.  A.  Edition,  Treat  Orange.,  H.J. 

Ur.  TT.  J.  Clark,  forraor  Gonl.  Mgr.  Foreign  Dept., 

,  General  Elec.  Co.,  30  Church  St.  City. 

Mr.  Y'.  B.  '"hit  mo  re,  former  Chief  Engr.  Dept., 
General  Elec.  Co.,  30  Church  St.  City. 

Hr.  Chaa.  Trirt,  Free.,  VYirt  Electric  Co., 

Germantown,  Pa. 

Hr.  C.  il.  Smith,  Exporter  b  Importer,  17  Battery 
Place,  City. 

Mr.  E.  P.  Morris,  Pres.,  Morris  Iron  Yorks,  136 

Liberty  St.,  City,  and  others  if  you  so  desire. 
Trusting  this  may  he  satisfactory,  I  beg  to  remain 

Very  truly  yours, 

Woz  Clap  Countp  SMgb  £>cf)ooI. 

E,  D.  animus!),  IPtimipa! 

Clog  Center,  IStamsad,  — November  33. — I9t_5 • 
Ur.  Thomas  Edison.  .Jc^ftcmA  ki-kfi  X&O&.t** 

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We  are  wondering  if  you  havfe  a  jaermanen^^^^^Jv 
liet  of  rules  and  regulations  w^ich  you  use  \j^" 

as  a  means  to  establish  a  proper  business  re-  ^ 

lation  between  employer  and  employee.  If  you  / 

have  we  should  be  glad  to  reoeive  a  copy  of 

same  to  be  used  in  connection 
mercial  department. 

I5l^  .OJUL^j^^ 


Edison  General  File  Series 
1915.  Equipment  and  Supplies  (E-15-36) 

This  folder  contains  correspondence  and  other  documents  pertaining 
to  the  purchase,  operation,  and  disposition  of  equipment  and  supplies  for  the 
West  Orange  laboratory  and  other  Edison  concerns.  Among  the  documents 
for  1915  are  items  relating  to  spray  and  sprinkler  technologies  and  steam- 
heated  air  dryers.  The  correspondents  include  longtime  Edison  associates 
Frederick  M.  Kimball  of  General  Electric  and  Frederick  A.  Scheffler  of 
Babcock  &  Wilcox.  Some  of  the  incoming  letters  were  referred  by  Edison  to 
William  H.  Mason,  chief  engineer  of  the  phenol  plant  at  Silver  Lake,  New 
Jersey,  who  also  played  a  supervisory  role  at  Edison's  benzol  absorbing 
plants  in  Johnstown,  Pennsylvania,  and  Woodward,  Alabama. 

Less  than  10  percent  of  the  documents  have  been  selected.  The 
unselected  material  consists  primarily  of  unsolicited  correspondence  from 
vendors  and  suppliers  and  routine  documents  concerning  the  settlement  of 

Bayway  Chemical  Company 


Coal  Tar  Products 

Thomas  A.  Edison,  Ino. 

Orange,  H.  J. 

Attention  Mr.  Wm.  H.  Meadowo: 


Referring  to  our  letter  of  the  31st 
we  have  teen  delayed  in  sending  yon  the  5  gal 
hope  to  get  it  off  within  the  next  couple  of  ' 
slight  delay  will  not  inoonvenienoe  you. 

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||Pjj§^HIS  PORTFOLIO  contains  illus- 
fTj trations  of  a  number  of  buildings 
iiSltli  which  we  have  designed,  and  the 
construction  of  which  we  have  superintended. 

■  ■Several  illustrations  of  buildings  which 
have  been  recently  completed  have  been 

added  to  our  original  portfolio. 

■  ■If  you  wish  to  obtain  figures  of  cost  or 
any  other  particulars  regarding  these  build¬ 
ings,  we  will  be  pleased  to  give  you  detailed 

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:  ~of  the  Phila.  Branch  of 

Manning,  Maxwell  ft  Moore  Inc.,  has  referred  \ 

t  greatly  increase  the 

of  duplicate  parts  machined  in  large  quantitiei 
We  are  therefore  mailing  oatalogue  on  Becke: 

are  adapted  to  the  machining  of  many  different  kinds  of  duplici 
parts,  but  not  knowing  the  kind  of  goods  you  manufacture  we  ari 

facts  referred  to  in  catalogue  i 

results  accomplished  daily.  Please  consider  same;  i 
in  each  case;  compare  same  with  your  own  methods,  s 
kindly  send  sample  castings  or  blue  print  of  work  j 
may  submit  design  of  fixture  we  would  recommend.  We 
to  do  thi s  without  putting  you  under  any  obligatior 





Mr.  Edison: 

Regarding  the  Becker  Milling  Machine, 
*hich  letter  and  catalogue  I  am  returning  herewith. 

I  heg  to  say  we  have  none  of  these  in  use  here. 

On  account  of  it  being  a  circular  miller 
same  would  not  work  out  for  our  work  as  we  could 
not  have  a  circular  cut  on  the  battery  poles  and 
this  is  the  only  milling  operation  we  have. 

The  Becker  is  one  of  the  best  on  the 
market  for  continuous  operation.  I  do  not  think 
however  that  this  would  work  out  on  any  part  of 
the  Phonograph,  at  least  so  far  as  I  have  gone!, 
Your  castings  are  not  rigid  enough  for  quick  opera¬ 
tion  of  this  type. 

Thomas  A.  JSdison,  Elec .  a ng.  &  investor. 

Orange,  N.  J.  t  H' v  A 

Dear  Sir:-  K,?** 

(>  hA  0 

Our  new  1915  illustrated  catalog  No  83  i  u*  Ct  v 
will  he  ready  for  distribution  within  a  few  days.  ^  ni\P 
It  will  contain  384  pages  of  illustrations,  data 
and  price  lists,  of  value  in  the  operation  of  mills, 1  / 

factories,  mines,  industrial  and  power  plants. 

The  illustrations  as  well  as  the  details 
given  will  he  helpful  not  only  in  designing  new  > 

equipments,  hut  in  making  up  specifications  of  stan¬ 
dard  equipments  in  the  elevating  and  conveying  and 
mining  lines. 

It  is  our  desire  to  send  free  of  expense 
one  or  more  copies  for  your  own  use}  and  if  you 
wish  copies  sent  to  the  companies  with  which  you  have 
connection,  we  shall  he  pleased  to  supply  them  also. 

Feel  free  to  call  upon  us  any  time  that 
we  can  he  of  assistance  to  you  in  making  installations 
for  your  clients. 

Please  indicate  on  enclosed  card  to  whom 
you  wish  copies  sent  and  the  class  of  machinery  in 
which  you  are  more  especially  interested. 





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Orange,  31.  J. 

Bear  Sir:-  ^ccJL*a  4<«  **«+*+& 

While  weight  is  alm°et  |he  total  ;nedium  Xoy 
value  and  profit.^iT^T^iot  alj/^tys^easy  *to  pTace 
losses ,  rapid,  accurate  weighing  is,  however, 
share  of  attention  in  modern  business  methods. * 

We  have  made  a  forward  step  in  economic  progress  in  the 
production  of  an  accurate, rapid  Automatic  Scale,  wnicffi  remains 
accurate  with  no  more  attention  or  expense  for  maintenance  than 
the  old  type  Beam  Scale.  Therefore,  we  are  pleased  to  say  that 
we  are  NOW  in  position  to  fulfill  your  exact  reouiremente  for 
any  capacity  from  4  ounces  up  to  20,000  lbs. 

The  only  argument  that  satisfies  is, 


The  enclosed  circular  illustrates  one  type  of  the  many 
kinds  we  manufacture.  These  may  be  attached  to  Scales  already 
installed,  or  we  furnish  complete  Scales. 

We  will  be  pleased  to  receive  your  specifications  or 
to  consult  with  you  on  your  requirements,  for  this  there  is 
neither  charge  nor  obligation. 

Yours  truly, 


'W\/6  UO^r-is^k^ 

AMERICAN  AUTOMATIC  SCALES  are  made  in  all  sizes  and 
capacities  to  meet  Industrial  and  Railroad  requirements. 

Dials  can  be  furnished  graduated  from  one-fourth  pound  up. 

"the  way  to  weigh ” 

Load  indicated,  5370  pounds 

If  you  see  it  on  the  dial  of  an 


Falsely  or  faithfully  the  dial  tells  the  story  of  the  weights. 

It  registers  lies  or  truths  depending  upon  the  “conscience 
of  the  scale. 

The  “conscience"  of  the  scale  is  its  mechanism.  If  that 
is  right  the  scale  is  right. 

For  years  our  experts  have  studied  scales  and  built  scales 
with  the  controlling  idea  that 

To  build  an  inaccurate  scale  is  a 
greater  offense  than  to  use  one. 

Out  of  that  idea  was  evolved  a  different  mechanism  and 
its  employment  in  the 

A  device  which  Will  not  let  you  do  what  you  do  not  Want 
to  do— cheat  yourself  or  your  customer. 

perfect  mechanical  method  of  instantly  indicating  the  exact 
weight  on  a  dial  so  that  it  can  be  clearly  read.  It  saves 
the  time  of  men  and  teams.  It  saves  the  loss  of  money  and 
good  will. 

You  can  depend  on  it  to  full  capacity  under  all  conditions. 

Beam  scales  now  in  use  can  be  made  automatic  by  attaching 
this  device. 

Let  us  weigh  your  weighing  prob- 
lems.  Put  them  up  to  usl 

Our  expert  advice  is  at  your  call.  This  service  is  a  ser¬ 
vice  of  investigation.  It  has  solved  thousands  of  problems 
just  like  yours! 


Are  you  as  careful  about  your  weights  as  you  are 
about  your  rates,  shop  costs  and  selling  prices? 

Remember  that  a  customer's  defi¬ 
nitions  of  terms  arc  likely  to  be 
as  follows: 

OVERWEIGHT— A  mistake. 

UNDERWEIGHT— A  deliberate 

definitions,  whether  read  by  cus- 

OVERWEIGHT— A  negligible 
UNDERWEIGHT— A  negligible 





April  12th.  1915 

American  Process  Company, 

68  YJilliam  Street, 

Hew  York  City. 


Hill  you  kindly  send  me  a  catalog 
of  your  steam  heated  air  dryers,  and  give 
approximate  prices.  Please  forward  this  to 
my  Assistant,  Mr.  <7.  H.  Me  ado?  craft  at  this 
address,  and  he  will  bring  it  to  my  attention 
promptly.  Do  not  send  representative  until 
re ,qu|i|ted  to  do  so. 

Yours  very  truly. 

Steam  Heated  Air  Dryers 

for  Drying  Borax,  Salts  and  other 

Have  equipped  largest  chemical 
plants  in  the  world. 

Also  Direct  Meat  Dryers  for  By- 


8  William  St.,  New  York 

Mr.  A.  S,  Eneas,  President, 

Spray  Manufacturing  Company, 

201  Devonshire  Street, 

Boston,  Mass. 

Dear  Sir: 

Your  favor  of  the  24th  instent  to  Mr.  Edison  was  re- 
oeivea  and  laid  before  him.  He  has  looted  over  the  same  and 
also  your  catalog  aarefully,  and  has  requested  ms  to.  write  and 
ask  you  for  the  approximate  cost  of  array  nozzles,  piping,  etc., 
for  taking  water  at  140  to  150  degrees  Fahr.  and  -bringing  it  down 
to  60  degrees  Fahr.,  to  the  extent  of  800  gallons  per  minute. 

When  you  forward  this  information,  will  you  kindly  also  send  me 
three  more  copies  of  your  catalog. 

Please  do  not  send  any  representative  until  requested. 

Yours  very  truly. 

Assistant  to  Mr,  Edison. 


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Thomas  A.  iidison  Laboratory 
Orange,  N.  J. 

yjXouf  Xo  *tX&**» 

_ 0  _  apray^y^- 

we  wish  you  to  note 

Referring  to  your  recent  letter  regarding 
tem  to  cool  800  G.P.M.  from  150°  F.  to  60  F.,  we  wl 

that  the  maximum  amount  of  cooling  which  you  can  obtain  by  spray¬ 
ing  water  in  air  corresponds  to  the  wet  bulb  temperature  of  the 
air.  Basing  our  estimate  of  the  relative  humitity  which  would 
naturally  prevail  in  your  vicinity  for  different  temperatures  we 
find  the  wet  bulb  temperatures  to  be  as  underlined  on  the  enclosed 
sheet,  from  which  you  can  also  note  the  wet  bulb  temperatures  for 
any  other  humidities.  This  particular  table  has  been  taken  from 
one  of  our  other  bulletins  and  is  used  here  to  show  the  wet  bulb 

We  would  propose  for  your  requirements,  to  construct  a 
concrete  pond  <x€  approximately  96'  x  75' .  which  would  be  equipped 
with  sprays  and  spray  piping  over  the  pond  soarrangedas  to  sp  y 
the  water  three  times  for  every  time  it  is  used.  By  this  means 
the  final  temperature  of  the  pond  can  be  lowered  to  within  three 
or  four  degrees  of  the  wet  bulb  temperature  of  the  surrounding 
air.  Such  a  pond  built  of  concrete  would  form  an  attractive  ad¬ 
dition  to  your  premises,  would  not  be  a  fire  hazard  (such  as  most 
oooling  towers  Ire)  but* on  the  other  hand  would  afford  a  water 
sunnlv  available  for  fire  purposes.  The  pond  need  not  be  more 
than  3'  deep  and  would  be  provided  with  a  suction  well  and  pumps 
and  motors  erected  over  same,  whioh  would  be  protected  by  small 
pump  house. 

Such  a  system  we  estimate  would  oost  $5,800,  based  on 
fair  digging  -  no  rook  or  hazardous  exoavation  and  allowing  us 
to  deposit  the  exoavation  within  300'  of  the  pond  site.  The  pon 
would  be  excavated  approximately  as  shown  on  Sketch. 

In  order  for  us  to  give  you  a  definite  estimate .  i"6 
would  be  necessary  to  see  the  premises,  but  it  may  be  s„ated  the 
pond  oan  be  built  either  square  or  round,  preferably  as  shown  on 
the  sketoh. 

The  centre  line  of  sprays  would  have  to  be  raised  5' 
above  the  side  lines. 

The  hot  water  would  first  be  delivered  to  a  hot  well 

#8  -Thoa.  A'.  Edison.  6-11-’ 15. 

lag-  it  to  the  aide  lines  and  would  .further  reduce  it  to 

approximately  67  °F.  at  that  temperature.  uw,  yo-*  '' 

With  90"Ffand  60°F.  relative  humidity,  the  final 
temperature  of  the  pond  would  approximate  V8  Fi  or  79  F. ,  the 
wet  bulb  temperature  being  76  F.  for  that  air  condition. 

If  the  plant  is  to  run  day  and  night,  we  estimate  that 
the  mean  temperatures  and  mean  humidities  would  be  about  as i  fol¬ 
lows  -  this  estimate  is  taken  from  the  Weather  Bureau  a?d  , 

afford  you  probable  estimate  of  the  final  temperature  of  the  pond; 


Based  on  U.  5.  Weather  Bureau  Records  -  24  hours. 

If  this  proposition  is  active  with  you,  we  would  be  very 
pleased  to  have  one  of  our  engineers  call  on  you  so  as  to  get  t 
neoessary  information,  to  make  you  a  definite  estimate. 

We  would  be  very  pleased  to  hear  from  you  further  regarding 
this  matter  and  in  the  event  of  your  deciding 
in  our  hands,  we  can  assure  you  that  we  would  give  it 
attention  and  are  prepared  to  promptly  undertake  and  complete  the 

*  'J&fegsrasaes 

.  2p.“°of°eO0  anrreot  «,d  lown  ■»“  “* 

pumps  and  motors  more  expensive. 

yours  very  truly, 

5bpiy  MANUFACTURE! G  CO., 




Yours  very  truly, 






Mr.  EDISON:^  ^ 

The  Co-operative  Used  Machinery  Co.  which  has  been 

SflerH!  2r£rtirt!fSinfs5  hlf  called V again 
^dayfandeino?e!sed  their  offer  to  $750  for  each  -chxne. 

they  would  like  to  bring  out  tomorrow. 

oal  boring  mills. 

in  view  of  the  short  bed  on  this  lathe,  it  is  practically 
obsolete  for  any  gun  or  bar  work. 


Just  what  your  wisheB  are  in  the  matter? 

C.  Hioolai 

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Dear  Mr .Meadoworof t :  \j  I 

Sometime  last  March,  ^  you 
Mr.  Edison  a  proposition  on  a  26f^jf 

you  ascertain,  at  your  oonvenienjjTf"v?hether  this  proposition  is 
still  pending,  or  if  it  has  been  abandoned  altogether,  in  wl^h 
latter  case  we  would  close  up  our  files  and  forget  it. 

By  the  way,  congratulations,  I  presume,  arg£2uL»' 

order,  on  account  of  the  new  -Doctor  of  Science."  T.A.E.  will 
have  to  get  some  additional  under-pinning  to  carry  all  of  the  loads 
he  is  receiving  in  the  way  of  honors,  medalB,  etc.,  including  those 

received  in  years  gone  by. 

With  kind  regards. I  am, 

Very  truly  yours, 

On  May  11th.  we  reoeived  inquiry  from  you  in 
reference  to  an  aluminum  kettle.  We  replied  under  date  of 
May  12th.  and  wrote  you  again  on  June  let.  May  we  have 
advice  as  to  the  present  status  of  this  matter? 

June  21st.  1915. 

Sohaum  &  Uhlinger , 

Philadelphia,  Pa. 


V?e  understand  that  you  make  Centrifugals  that  are  used 
for  whirling  liquids  from  a  mixture  of  liquids  and  solid  material, 
so  that  the  liquid  will  he  whirled -out  and  the  solid  material  left 

Bo  you  happen  to  have  any  second  hand  ones  for  sale  ,  or 
do  you  know  wtere  we  oonld  hny  two  or  three  second  hand  ones.  The 
basket  should  he  at  least  26"  in  diameter,  or  larger  would  he  pre¬ 

If  you  do  not  have  any  second  hand  ones,  will  you  kindly 
wire  at  our  expense  in  the  morning  and  let  us  know  how  quickly  you 
could  furnish  two  or  three,  size  of  basket,  material  of  which  bask¬ 
et  is  made,  velooity,  price,  and  how  quick  delivery  can  he  made. 

Please  address  your  telegram  to  my  Assistant,  Mr.  W.  H. 
Headoworoft ,  at  this  address. 

Tours  very  truly. 

Ur.  Edison: 

Henry  \7.  Peabody  &  Company  telephoned  about  lac . 

He  says  he  has  only  800  pounds  of  A-pure  Garnet  Black  on 

hand,  „d«o  .on  in  .««  «».r»  •  ■>W»'  “* 

that  is  sold  in  advance  on  regular  orders. 

He  says  he  has  no  C-rure  Garnet  Black  at  all,  hut  there 
u  a  on  the  mar  that  la  dn,  In  ahont  6  ...» ,  26,000  !«•*' 

,»  all,  nhioh  h.  oomd  toll,,,  at  th.  tat.  <*  6,000  r.nnto  »•*. 
if  you  give  him  an  order  for  this  shipment. 

He  can,  of  course,  get  any  cjiantity  of  either  A-pure  or 
C-pure  on  time  orders  which  would  take  from  eight  to  ten  weeks. 

As  to  spot  stuff  he  can  furnish  you  with  "stiff  and  also 
"strong" ,  of  which  he  showed  you  samples  when  he  saw  you  last  Satur¬ 
day.  He  says  that  both  of  these  are  absolutely  pure,  free  from  Hesin, 

and  are  made  by  Angelo  Brothers. 

Of  tlnse  he  can  make  spot  deliveries  as  follows:  .  ^ 

16,000  pounds  stiff  at  15  l/2  cents. 

20,000  "  “  strong  at  15  l/4  cents .  / 

w  rr  lturnonCHOPT . 


v ,  4  August  13,  1915. 

S  \  H*.  W.  VH.  Meadowcroft",  7w»*  ■  t)»,  J?.V..}<>  «• 

j*  \  c{w  Edison  laboratories,  h<F#  (  ^  ^  &W 

'  4s  BSBt  0rknee’  H‘J*  Hi  y~  j-*  ~ 

~  '  A  uuc  /C-  -O.U/.A.A.  <y  ./ 

‘tl  ladles  cutb  -C  ( nt tnj  f'  jil'Ct.  .  /‘fit  f*  t'  , 

i / sending  you  by  parcel  post  today  several  sheets  of  ■/<- 
'ibre ,  at  arranged,  in  our  interview  with  you  at  our  office 

'A  ^  * 

S  f!  Dear 

Iff  1 


r  *  ^Bl^ached  'Sulplil 

35  Jg  i  4$ut 

n^  rj  N  v^s>  V  I  Vn  thi  manufacture  of  paper,  this  fibre  is  macerated  in 

'  “  kter,  and  We  resulW  let  pulp  reduced  to  a  fluid  with  the  pulp  fibres  in 
^  .3  in  suspension  is  run  Vver!  paper  machines  to  make  the  finished  paper. 

.  K  ;  ItVoocurs  to  us,  however,  that  for  your  purpose  Bleached 

\  *  '^Sulphite  like  the  samplYwe  are  sending  you  by  parcel  post  is  more  expensive 

j  a  product  than  you  require,  -if  you  could  use  chemical  fibre  of  any  kind.-for 

^v)  the  reason  that  the  additional  cost  of  bleaching  it  to  a  white  color  is  not 
xo  ^  ^ essential  for  your  purpose. 

Our  best  quotation  for  our  Bleached  Sulphite  at  this  time 
is  $2.75  per  100  lbs.,  freight  prepaid  your  rail  station  in  carload  lots  of  ap¬ 
proximately  20  tons  each.  We  make  about  twenty  carloads  daily,  and  are  in  posi¬ 
tion  to  ship  one  or  several  oars  at  short  notice. 

In  view  of  our  impression  that  if  you  could  use  any  chemical 
fibre  you  might  be  able  to  use  a  cheaper  grade,  we  are  enclosing  herewith  small 
mailing  samples  (the  only  size  we  have  available)  of  two  kinds  of  Unbleached 

First !  Unbleached  Sulphite  which  is  the  same  kind  of  Fibre 
as  the  Bleaohed  Sulphite  we  are  sending  you  before  bleaching.  Shis  is  worth 
$2.25  per  100  lbs.,  freight  prepaid  your  rail  station  in  carload  lots. 

Second!  The  other  sample  enclosed  is  Kraft  Pulp,  made  by 
an  entirely  different  prooess,  known  as  the  sulphate  or  soda  process.  This  is 
worth  approximately  2ji  per  pound  in  carload  lots  delivered,  although  in  regard 

Mr.  W.  H.  Meadoworoft. 

August  13,  1915. 

to  the  Unbleaohed  and  Kraft  Pulp,  the  above  quotations  are  merely  nominal,  as 
they  are  not  made  by  this  company  but  by  the  Berlin  Mills  Company  and  the  Brown 
Corporation  respectively,  which  are  practically  under  the  same  ownership  with  our 
company,  but  with  separate  management.  If  either  of  these  grades  y°^’  . 

we  oani  of  course,  get  definite  quotations  for  you,  and  if  you  would  like  a  hundred 
pounds  or  so  of  any  of  the  three  pulps  referred  to  herein  forwarded  you  for  exper¬ 
imental  purposes,  we  shall  be  pleased  to  forward  same  without  cost,  as  we  are  al¬ 
ways  interested  in  the  development  of  any  new  prospect  for  increasing  the  consump¬ 
tion  of  the  fibres  made  by  our  respective  companies. 

August  20th.  1915. 

Tho  Titanium  Alloy  Kanuf aoturing  Co.. 

1!  iagara  Falls  ,  B.  i. 


T.havo  before  me  your  far  or  of  tho  19  th  instant  and 
your  catalog. 

I  am  very  much  puzzled  hy  your  catalog.  I  have  shewn 
it  to  a  dozen  engineers  and  they  cannot  understand  it.  You  say 
that  Ho.  29  is  known  as  Manganese  -Bronze ,  and  yet  you  say  there 
is  no  Manganese  in  it.  Then  you  go  on  to  say  Titanium  Aluminum 
Bronze  is  superior  to  Ho.  29,  hut  you  do  not  send  a  sample,  and 
I  cannot  find  any  mention  of  Titanium  in  your  Alloys. 

I  am  not  sure  what  Ho.  29  is.  This  Alloy  will  prohahly 
servo  my  rurposo.  1  want  it  in  shafts,  and  suppose  you  can  furn¬ 
ish  it  in  ingots.  What  is  itoo  prioe  per  pound  for  ingots  for 

Ycurs  very  truly, 

. _ 

The  Titanium  AuoYMANUFACTUKra'6'CoMPANY 

General  Offices  and  Works: Niagara  Falls.N  .Y. 

jara  Falls,  IT.  Y.  Aug.  25,191? 

Dear  sir:"  ±  t0  your  letter  of  August  20th.  relative  to  our  “^alogue.we 
wi+H  -but  we  do  not  go  into  the  fine  manufacturing  details  as  to  fluxes, 

2f  SS'.M  &  ;■¥“ fg*?'  l?l?°  Iv  S'  «- 

i mrnsmmmm’ 

engineer  is  really  interested  in. 

Regarding  our  Titanium  Aluminum  Bronze,  we  would  say  that  we  sent 

=«SrSjA-S §3* 

a  flux  and  not  as  a  permanent  part  of  the  finished  alloy. 

We  note  that  you  wish  sheet  alloys  and  would say  that  we  are  not 

sr£s^sr£“  “  - - ~ 

.  Yours  very  truly, 

JS  W.  U.  CorBe, 


Wm.  H.  Meadoworoft,  Seo'y., 

Thos.  A.  Bdison, 

West  Orange,  N.J. 

Bear  Ur. Meadoworoft:  i-utsis wa- 

Will  you  please  ask  Mr .Bdison  if 'he  is  still  in¬ 
terested  in  giving  up  the  use  of  gas  in  Japanning  ovens  and  whether 
he  would  like  to  have  some  data  which  I  have  collected  in  regard  to 
the  use  of  electricity  in  this  kind  of  work.  If  so,  I  will  he  glad 
to  forward  same  to  you. 

A  large  number  of  factories  are  beginning  to  use 
electricity  instead  of  gas  and  find  it  far  superior  to  the  latter. 

It  is  data  pertaining  to  the  operation  of  these  ovens  which  I  have 
and  will  he  glad  to  send. 

Sept.  14th.  1915. 

F.  J.  Stokes  Machine  Co., 

Seventeenth  ana  Cambria  Sta., 

Philadelphia,  Pa. 


I  am  in  receipt  of  your  favor  of 
the  8th  instant  in  regard  to  roll  dryer  for 
drying  Sodium  Benzol  Sulphonate.  let  mo  say 
in  reply  that  at  present  I  have  a  dryer  which 
works  quite  well  and  turns  out  about  22,000 
pounds  daily.  However,  it  requires  too  much 
labor,  and  when. I  get  further  along,  I  will 
take  up  the  dryer  matter  with  you. 

Yours  very  truly. 


3gg&  BRg^>agrr  38SWlS@!B^ 

Sept*  XV tb • ,  1915* 

or  without,  our  patented  metallic  filter  cloth,  >. 
vie  would  he  pleased  to  lend  you  a  small  "clam-  ■; 

shell"  type  machine  as  described  in  the  enclosed  i 
Bulletin  K, without  charge,  to  be  kept  by  you 
for  a  period  not  exceeding  thirty  days .  This  > 

would  enable  you  to  obtain  all  of  the  data  on  i 

the  operation  of  this  filter  so  that  you  could  5, 
decide  whether  or  not  you  care  to  order  larger 
machines  later.  The  only  condition  v/e  place  on 
!  \  this  proposition  is  that  the  filter  be  connected 
)  up  and  operated  in  accordance  with  our  instruc- 
/l  tions  and  in  the  event  of  the  results  not  being 
U  satisfactory  for  any  reason,  vie  would  be  given  an 
\\  opportunity  to  assist  in  overcoming  the  diifi- 
V  culties . 

In  .the  event  of  this  proposal  being 
satisfactory,  we  should  be  given  notice  a  few 
weeks  in  advance  of  the  time  you  want  the  demon¬ 
strating  press,  so  that  we  could  be  sure  and  have 
one  available  for  you  when  you  need  it. 

We  think  our  filter  would  he  a  very 
satisfactory  and  economical  piece  of  apparatus 
for*  your*  work  and  v/e  trust  this  proposition  will 
interest  you. 





descriptive  o 

JAN.  19  H 




r  description  of  the  Innie  hydraulically  operate* I  >1  cs -  J 

i, pluL!  detail  of  operation,  ndvnntmrcs,  ete.,  sue  <mi  Liitulofc  No.  XU. 

I  .III...  imtiortiuico  of  II  Self  lXumpini?  Filler  Press  can  hardly  bo 
‘  “  iSl  Tlih  1VIMJ  of  filter  is  perfected  to  a  pomt  which 
makes  it  possible  to  open  the  filler,  clean  it  and  close  it 
opeiiitioii  in  from  two  to  five  minutes,  depending  upon  the  size  ot 

Sept.  20th.  1916. 

g.  H.  Sargent  &  Co., 

125  W.  lake  Street, 

Chicago,  Ill. 


Mr.  Mi  son  has  seen  your  advertisement 
of  your  oleotric  drying  oven  with  automatic  tem¬ 
perature  control,  and  he  has.  asked  me  to  write 
and  get  your  literature  concerning  it. 

Will  you  kindly  mail  it  to  me  and  I  will 
bring  it  to  his  attention. 

Yours  vex-  truly. 

Assistant  to  Mr.  Edison. 

Extended  descriptive  circular  on  application. 


125-127  W.  Lake  St. 

H.  SARGENT  &  GO. 

Importers,  Makers  and  Dealers  In  Chemicals 
and  Chemical  Apparatus  of  High  Grade  Only 


Sopt .  S2nd  ,  1915. 



JLfiSf  ^0^  a-lW‘rs 

Jhos.  A.  Edison  Laboratory,  "O  'ntjC*' 

•  |^»nt^^Ry-  A  wLol 

Dear  Sir:-  g?W.  -  I^VCR^  J 

I  have  a  letter  from  Mr.  (ihos .  A.  .MUOh  water  a  ate  of 
aent  lBth  in  vhich  he  an'.: a  thaVjye  scnil^detnj  Is  and  particiUaK 
to^yoi^in  reference  to  the  Ere  in  Avt^eaAutoraat  io  J'ire  Bxtingu: 

Y/e  are  send  ir,g  you  under  separate  uwvbj 
which  you  will  fina  photographic  illustration! 

The  test  illustrate  as  A  -  E  was  conducted  at  our  Kidlftri 
nlant  In  June  of  this  year.  We  set  up  the  bottom  ring  of  n  on 
bbl  tank  which  was  114*6"  in  aia.  The  fuel  usea  was  Crude  Oil 
on  I he  surface  of  which  was  float ea  several  barrels  of  gasoline. 

The  pictures  will  perhaps  tell  their. own  story. 

mho  secona  set  of  illustrations  are  of  a  similar  test 

ass.-js.’ssja?  sz  ssa 

nxt  s.*s=25l«  srt*s:  w 

of  Rhout  100  from  various  parts  of  the  country. 

The  third  set  of  illustrations  numbered  1  to  5  ^present 
a  test  made  on  a  steel  tank;,  with  a  wooden  rooi  at,  the  plant  oi  tne 
Standard  Oil  Company  of  Hew  Jersey  at  Bayonne  under  the  direction 
of  the  Suoerintendent ,  Iir.  Geo.  Hennessey.  One-hnl..  of  the  rooi 
is  Bunco Bed  to  have  been  blown  off  by  an  explos ion,  lenvitS  the 
rafters  and  the  other  half  of  the  roof  subject  to  fire .  J0*1 
note  that  the  gases  from  the  foam,  released  not  only  put  out  the 
burring  surface  of  the  oil  hut  extinguish  the  woodwork  as  well. 

This  latter  test  is  one  of  several  that  were  made  at  the  same  plant 
and  always  with  the  same  result. 

The  particular  feature  of  this  apparatus  is 
instantaneously  and  never  fails  to  put  out  a  fire  in  less  than  a 




Sept.  22nd,  1915. 

Shoe.  A.  Edison  laboratory , 

Hr.  W.H.  Headoworoft . 

minute.  It  is  not  dependant  upon  any  human  aid  or  any  apparatus 
outside  of  itself.  On  a  55,000  bhl.  tank  it  discharges  50,000 
-■  "  —  6,000  ga lions  of  aolntion  in  less  than  a 

V<e  have  installed  it  for  the  Standard  Oil  Company,  Gulf 
Refining  Company,  United  States  government  and  others  and  are 
nov:  putting  it  in  for  the  Huasteca  Petroleum  Company  and  several 
at  oarers  of  Benzol,  whose  names  v;e  are  not  permitted  to  mention. 
1'he  system  is  applicable  with  certain  engineering  modifications 
pending  ueon  conditions  on  any  containers  for  inflammahle  liquids. 

V.'e  can  hardly  give  you  all  the  data  in  any  setter  that  you 
would  he  v, filing  to  read.  If  you  have  special  conditions,  or 
liguid  containers  of  Oil,  Benzol  etc.  etc.  which  you  care  to 
protect,  we  would  be  glad  to  take  the  patter  up  with  you  and 
look  over  the  ground  and  quote  prices. 

'1’he  writer  would  be  glad  to  meet  you  at  any  time  by  appointment 
either  at  this  office  or  at  your  plant. 

With  the  catalogue,  I  am  enclosing  a  reprint  from  the  ?uel 
Oil  Journal,  which  will  give  you  some  idea  of  the  equipment  as 
applied  to  an  Oil  Tank,  except  that  wo  do  not  use  a  vertical 
standpipe  for  the  solution.  V/e  place  the  solution  in  a  horizontal 
solution  tank  at  the  base  of  the  Container  unless  conditions 
make  it  advisable  to  place  it  otherwise. 

Awaiting  your  reply,  we  are, 

Yours  very  truly, 

Soj*  -  25th.  1915 

M.  A.  Treadwell  Comrany,  Ino., 

140  Cedar  Street, 

Hew  York  City. 


I  lave  received  your  favor  of  the 
22nd  instant ,  and  also  your  catalogue. - 

I  would  lito  to  see  your  expert 
soma  day  next  week,  as  we  want  to  protect 
sone  Benzol  storage  tanks,  and  I  would  like 
to  have  a  talk  with  your  expart  about  it. 

Before  he  cones  over,  let  me  sug¬ 
gest  that  ha  telephone.  Ur.  Meadow  croft  at 
this  addros3. 

Yours  vory  truly. 


*  C 

Edison  Laboratory, 
c/  oeW.  H.  Meadowgjroft,  / 
Orange,  N.  J. 


:,l:kco«  Philadelphia* 

S8pt.  30,  1915.'j 


r  > 


Gentlemen:  /  i  \  J 

^  \/\j  We  ref'er  to  your  visit  to  the  Chemical  Exposition,  ’ 

-j  and  your  request  for  information  regarding  the  Bihn-Jones 
Apparatus  pr  Blow-Case,  for  lifting  liquids,  by  compressed 
air  system.  We  are  inclosing  you,  under  separate  cover,  our  l 
$  circulars  and  blue  prints,  descriptive  of  this  devipe,  and  J 
'^hope/' that  it  may  prove  interesting  and  of  value  to  you.  We 

be  pleased, -of  course,  to  furnish  y»h  with  other  material, 
^t  any  time.  This  Automatic  Air  Device  is  a  recent  invention, 
^Avhich  overcomes  all  the  objectionable  features,  so  common  to 
<Fthe5  automatic  apparatus,  desigjied  for  similar  purposes. 

A  few  of  the  points  of  excellence  in  this  apparatus 

1.  It  can  be  installed  upon  any  existing  blow-case, 

(acid  egg),  or  closed  tank..  .  .. 

2.  The  device  is  compact  and  simple  in  construction, 

3.  fhere^are^no^floats  or  other  parts  within  the  blow- 

4.  By  its  perfect  automatic  action,  itteffects  a  great 
saving  m  labor  and  compressed  air. 

5.  It  is  applicable  to  the  handling  of  nearly  all  li¬ 
quids,  since  the  material  of  which  it  i3  made  can  be 
varied  to  meet  the  individual  requirements. 

6*  The  automatic  air  device  can  be  regulated  so  that  a 
constant  quantity  of  liquid  may  Ue  handled  or  dis¬ 
charged  in  any  given  time. 

r  Uih-i 

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The  following  is  a  description  of  Automatic  Air  Device  and  Any-Position 
Check  Valve,  a  combination,  forming  the  above-mentioned  apparatus  to 
elevate  liquids  by  means  of  compressed  air.  This  combination  has  solved 
the  problem  of  automatically  lifting  liquids  in  a  simple  way.  Floats  and  other 
inside  mechanisms  are  omitted  within  the  egg  or  blow-case,  the  apparatus 
being  placed  on  top  or  to  one  side  of  egg  or  blow-case,  as  desired.  It  is 
made  of  lead  and  antimony,  in  proper  proportions;  also  other  metals  where 
more  suitable. 



United  Lead  Company, 


Orange,  New  Jersey. 

-  Bonded  lead  ling  tanks 

3  l/2  ft.  deep  x  9“  wide 

Attention  Mr.,  MejAgworalt- 

V/e  have  had  under  consideration  the  matter  “L1™  Wg“d  ||i 


wftE  the  HeatT  contact. 

'~~Sxias?s3ZS£±  ss  2 

SS  ClU  tl£  e“l»S  Of  prices  i»  **«.*»*. 

FSrc  aLrjs  srM^at1:  Hr 
.BssrtfSwWS  232i  jyss^ys.-jKr 

Awaiting  your  further  favors,  we  remain 



The  Super-Glass  Company 


October  20,1915. 

Thoa.  A.  Edison,  Esq., 

East  Orange,  N.J. 

Dear  Sir:- 

On  September  24th  n 

vt  ^ 


)  you  a  letter,  'ist  which  set,  fL_w 

jf  lo-cS-caC-*'  \ 

i  th/t  possibly  this^lett^r^  _  J 

miscarried  in  the  mailes,  as  it  was  addrels^d  to  Menlo  Park,  IT.J. 

also  sent  you  two  samples  of  Super-Glass,,  one  broken 

.  Xsnf 

and  one  unbroken.  | 

c5  We  would  be  very  much  obliged  to  you  ffftu  would  kindly  . 
ub^ know  whether  you  received  this  letter  and  samples,  everj^^ltho 

opinioi/ of  these 

If  the  expression  of  an  opinion  of  this  kind  should  \>e/ 
ocoi.  f 

-  ’  •  Asked 


you r  business  rules  may  not  allow  you  to  express 

against  your  business  rules,  then  please  pardon  w«  for  having 
you  for  it,  as  at  any  rate  it  can  do  no  harm  to  ask. 

Yours  sincerely, 

PS:  AW 

ENC.  copy  of  letter  dated  9/24/15. 


September  24,1915. 

Thomas  A.  Edison,  Esq., 

Menlo  Parle,  New  Jersey. 

Dear  Sir:- 

1  had  the  great  honor  of  meeting  you  at  the  reception  which 
the  Eranklin  Institute  gave  you,  and  you  will  possibly  remember  me  as 
having  talked  to  you  a  little  about  Sun  Power. 

I  have  read  in  the  papers  that  you  are.mow  interested  in 
promoting  the  welfare  of  our  Army  and  Navy,  and  it  has  occurred  to 
me  that  it  might  be  of  interest  to  you  to  hear  of  what  we  call 
"Super-Glass" . 

"Super-Glass"  is  made  bv  welding  together  a  sheetvof  cellu¬ 
loid  between  two  sheets  of  poliched  plate  glass,  and  it  has  certain 
qualities  which  make  it  exceedingly  useful.  No  matter  how  hard  this 
glass  is  hit,  splinters  will  not  fly  from  it,,  and  an  automobile  wind¬ 
shield  composed  of  this  material  will  protect  the  riders  almost  as 
well  as  a  sheet  of  iron.  Stones  cannot  possibly  be  thrown  through 
Super-Glass,  and  although  it  can  be  cracked,  splinters  will  not  fly 
from  it. 

I  take  the  liberty  of  sending  you  under  separate  cover  a 
small  sample  of  the  "Super-Glass" ,  and  another  small  sample  which  haw 
been  broken  by  hitting  it  hard  with  a  hammer.  You  will  note  that 
although  the  sheet  is  cracked  in  many  pieces  it  is  still  practically 
intact  and  will  keep  off  the^ather  and  missiles. 

As  a  matter  of  fact,  anyone  who  could  at  all  afford  it 
should  have  no  other  glass  than  this  in  his  automobiles;  and  for 
all  kinds  of  War  Ships  it  should  find  a  large  field,  because  it 


Thomas  A.  Idison, 


can  stand  any  concussion  without  throwing  splinters. 

For  the  past  four  years  or  so  there  had  been  made  in  Europe 
a  similar  material,  which  was  called  "Triplex  Glass",  hut  this  was 
made  hy  pasting  a  sheet  of  celluloid  between  two  sheets  of  glass; 
glucose  being  used  as  a  paste.  Tfce  manufacturers  of  Triplex  Glass 
have  not  succeeded  in  making  it  a  commercial  success,  because  their 
prooess  was  too  impractical  and  expensive.  There  is  a  big  difference 
between  pasting  celluloid  between  two  sheets  of  glaBS,  and  actually 
welding  ijt  in,  and  the  product  is  much  better. 

Super-Glass  is  right  in  line  with  Wire  Glass,  for  the  making 
of  which  I  invented  the  machinery  which  is  now  being  weed  everywheres. 
But  Super-Glass  iB  much  superior  to  Wire  Glass  for  the  reason  that 
after  all  Wire  Glass  when  struck  a  hard  blow  does  throw  dangerous 
splinters,  whereaB  Super-Glass  throws,  nothing  at  all. 

1  would  be  very  much  obliged  to  you  if  you  would  kindly 
examine  these  samples  carefully,  and  let  me  know  what  you  think  of 
them  for  use  in  warships  and  war  automobiles. 

Yours  very  truly, 

(Signed)  FRANK  SHUMAN 





New  York,  October  25,  1915. 

clock  systems  a  sketch  of  the  new  hells  was  reade 

last  week  at  the  Hew  York  laboratory,  through  the 
electric J  courtesy  of  Mr.  Miller,  This  test  has  probably  i 
tower  kloks  been  shipped,  to  you.  L 

,s  „  .  We  are  to  make  further  trial  with 

several  different  sets  of  hammers  the  latter  part 
street  kloks  of  thlB  week>  Wbicb  will  give  you  a  still  better 
idea  of  the  possibilities  of  this  instrument.  At 
h^ctr'c  tbe  iaboratory  they  seemed  impressed,  the  bells 
ticker  i iiviEK  bavlng  a  more  mellow  tone,  greater  volume,  and  a 
larger  compasB  than  those  now  in  use.  However, 

TIME  STAMPS  you  are  tbe  one  to  be  pleased. 

yerkes  MUSICAL  Kindly  advise  if  you  wish  us  to  send 

chimes  &  bells  tb0  inBtruIrlent  to  Orange.  If  so,  will  have  Mr. 

Charles  Daab  make  further  trials  in  Orange  for  you. 


It  will  be  necessary  for  the  instru- 
electric  ffient  to  be  shipped  back  to  our  factory  after  your 

sign  flashers  inspection,  as  it  is  now  in  tbe  rough. 

Yours  very  truly, 

Phonographic  Diet.— 2. 
1bdI>  K<jlor  to  Harry  A.  Yerkes. . 





Yerkes  Musical  Electric  Bells  and  Chimes 

JURE  above  cut  shows  an  installation  in  the  world's  highest 
edifice— the  Woolworth  Building. 

These  chimes  arc  operated  by  means  of  a  pneumatic  player  and 
can  also  be  played  from  the  keyboard.  The  program  is  subject  to  ■ 
change  at  any  time  desired. 


Yerkes  Temple  Bells  Set 

HJUR  Standard  Temple  Bells  and  Chimes  outfit  consists  of  20 
or  more  resonated  Temple  Bells  (bells  only  shown  above)  and  the 
same  numberof  Chimes.  The  Bells  may  be  hidden  in  foliage,  placed 
in  flower  baskets,  or  concealed  by  plants.  The  Chimes  arc  mounted 
as  a  unit  on  a  stationary  rack  as  shown  on  cover  page.  Both  bells 
and  chimes  are  played  from  an  auxiliary  keyboard  placed  beside 
the  piano  or  organ,  the  musician  being  able  to  play  the  bells  or 
chimes  with  accompaniment  or  alone,  as  desired.  This  provides 
a  new  musical  instrument  without  the  expense  of  an  extra  operator. 
Temple  Bells  and  Chimes  furnish  an  excellent  Cabaret  feature  and 
a  delightful  innovation  for  restaurants,  theatres  and  ball  rooms. 

Robert  Graves’s  Yacht  “Emeline” 

The  Temple  Bells  and  Chimes  were  installed  by  Mr.  Graves 
his  palatial  yacht  "Emeline"  to  entertain  his  guests  on  a  pleasure 
rise  to  Panama  to  celebrate  the  opening  of  the  Panama  Canal. 



10]  COLLECTION  of  Ycrkcs  Temple  Bells  embracing  seven 
complete  outfits  is  used  in  the  world  famous  playhouse,  the  New 
York  Hippodrome,  Manuel  Klein  having  written  the  "Temple 
Bells"  song  especially  for  them.  At  the  request  of  the  thousands 
who  were  delighted  by  the  bells,  they  were  again  played  this  season 
in  the  "Wars  of  the  World"  production.  Among  our  other  prom¬ 
inent  installations  are  the  West  Baden  Springs  Hotel,  West  Baden, 
Indiana;  Louis  Sherry's  Grand  Ball  Room,  New  York;  Luna  Park, 
Coney  Island,  and  the  immense  auditorium  at  Ocean  Grove,  N.  J. 

Exterior  Clock  Westminster  Chimes 

This  outfit  is  partially  explained  by  the  picture.  It  is  used  in 
connection  with  exterior  clocks.  At  each  quarter  hour  the  (self¬ 
winding)  "Elcktrik  Klok"  and  auxiliary  sends  an  impulse  to  the 
chimes  mechanism  which  plays  the  famous  Westminster  Chimes.  A 
beautiful  chord  designates  the  hour  by  the  proper  number  of  strikes. 
We  make  these  any  size  to  go  with  small  clocks  as  well  as  the 
largest  lower  clocks. 


Referring  60  yours  of  the  19th.  We 
shall  very  gladly  continue  to  send  the  stock  sheets, and 
if  tl»y  do  not  arrive  regularly,  kindly  notify  me. 

Regarding  Mr.  ifidison’s  complaint  about 
the  shipment  of  100  small  motors  recently  ordered,-  i  im¬ 
mediately  took  this  matter  up  on  receipt  of  your  letter 
to  ascertain  which  of  our  factories  held  the  shipment  up, 
haying  had  no  previous  knowledge  that  such  an  order  had 
been  placed.  In  running  it  down  1  find  that  the  motors 

were  o  f  the  kort  Wayne  type  and  built  in  the  JTOrt  Wayne 
factory,  and  we  have  immediately  taken  steps  to  stir  matters 
up  and  expedite  the  shipment  of  the  motors  as  much  as 
possible.  \7e  fuljy  appreciate  that  when  Mr.  Kdison 
wants  anything  he  wants  it  "now",  and  in  case  o|  orders 
necessitating  particular  expedition,  if  you  could  find  it 
convenient  to  drop  me  a  line  at  the  time  they  are  pieced 
I  might  be  able  to  help  you  a  good  deal,  from  time  to 
time.  Of  course  we  can’t  put  every  order  we  receive 
thro  qgh  on  a  rush  basis,-  that  would  be  unfair  to  other 
customers  and  sareasonable  to  expect,  but  now  and  again 


•.  W.H.Moadowcrof t  10-26-16 

when  8  particularly  urgent  case  comes  up  1  should  always 
fce  most  ready  to  extend  any  service  to  Mr.  JSdison  in 
the  way  of  quick  shipments,  that  wouLd  accanmodste  him. 




2S6  West  5Stli  Street 

New  York,  nov.  11th,  1915. 

*  Laboratory  of  Thomas  A.  udison, 


H.  J. 


/s.ii-  i  Gentlemen 

ELECTRIC  (v?ladin«) 

CLOCK  systems  you  wrote  us  on  October  27th  that 

Mr.  Edison  would  probably  return  home  the  early 

street  kloks  to  you  Mew  York  laboratory. 

/‘  BETT§j<&  CORP. 




Established  ISSO. 

At) out  a  year  -  ago,  our  Mr.  C.  L.  Gehnrioh  had  an  op¬ 
portunity  to  discuss  with  you  the  possibilities  of  placing 
further  ovens  in  your  plant.  At  that  time  you  favored  the 
oil-fuel  Ovens  whioh  however,  we  do  not  make.  Since  then 
we  installed  a  large  number  of  Indirect  Gas  Heated  Ovens. 
Every  one  of  them  are  giving  the  moot  satisfactory  results, 
as  to  economy  in  fuel  cost,  Highest  Efficiency  and  the  pro- 
ddots  turned  out  of  the  highest  finish. 

Can  we  not  now  interest  you  in  our  Patented  Indirect 
Radiator  Type  Ovens? 

Yours  very  truly, 


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by  many  concerns  who  must  contend  with,  conditions  of 
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matter  on  account  of  the  difficulty  there  has  been  in  the 
past  in  obtaining  satisfactory  service  on  Monel  Metal 

Trusting  we  may  be  favored  with  your  buju»€3s, 
which  will  have  our  very  best  attention,  wejjirlj^ 

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SUPPLEE- BIDDLE  HARDWARE  CO.,  507-519  Commerce  St.,  Philadelphia 

405  Lodge  Road,  Birmingham,  England  414  Drummond  Building,  Montreal 

Centralpalataet,  Stockholm,  Sweden  Johannesburg,  South  Africa 

1  Victoria  Street,  S.  W.,  London,  England 

Sec . 

16th.  1915 

Supplee-Biddle  Hardware  Co., 

Monel  Metal  Department, 

Philadelphia,  Pa. 


Your  favor  of  the  4th  instant  in¬ 
forming  us  of  your  increased  capacity  for 
casting  Monel  metal  has  been  handed  to  me.  I 
am  very  much  pleased  to  havo  this  information 
as  we  never  have  been  able  to  get  any  satis¬ 
faction  from  anybody,  directly  or  remotely 
connected  with  Monel  metal,  and  I  was  finally 
compelled  to  make  Jl2,000.  worth  of  copper  cans. 
2hey  are  not  nearly  as  good  as  Monel  metal. 

Yours  very  truly. 


How  One  Truck  Can  Do  the  Work  of  Twenty 

The  modern,  efficient  way  of  trucking  material  or  merchandise  is  to  replace  old- 
fashioned,  flat-topped  trucks  with  a  Barrett  Multi-Truck,  and  let  one  man  do  the  work 
of  five  or  six.  Such  a  saving  in  labor— and  even  more— can  actually  be  made  wherever 
material  is  handled  on  trucks.  Any  plant  manager  can  replace  his  old-fashioned  trucks 
with  one  Or  two  Barrett  Multi-Trucks  and  begin  to  feel  the  saving  immediately— t  doesn  t 
take  years  to  get  your  money  back,  nor  do  you  disrupt  your  organization  while  install¬ 
ing  the  system.  Since  one  Barrett  Multi-Truck  will  replace  from  five  to  seventy-five 
ordinary  trucks,  the  saving  in  investment  is  obvious,  as  Barrett  Multi-Trucks  are  remark¬ 
ably  inexpensive.  One  man  with  one  Barrett  Multi-Truck  will  do  more  and  better  work 
than  five  or  six  men  operating  ordinary  trucks.  Put  the  other  men  at  productive  labor.  - 

The  material  is  always  handled  on  slightly  raised  platforms  (6^  to  9^  inches  in 
the  clear)  instead  of  being  piled  on  the  floor.  To  move  material,  the  Barrett  Multi- 
Truck  is  simplv  backed  under  the  platform,  the  handle  of  the  truck  is  pushed  dou  n, 
which  raises  the  truck  bed  and  with  it  the  loaded  platform.  The  truck  bed  is  automat¬ 
ically  locked  in  this  raised  position,  and  the  loaded  platform  is  then  hauled  where  desired. 

Pressing  the  foot  lever,  as  shown  in  illustration  on  page  4,  lets  the  bed  of  truck 
drop  to  low  position,  so  that  the  loaded  platform  rests  on  the  floor,  and  the  truck  is  then 



withdrawn  for  another  load.  One  man  does  it  all  in  a  frac- 
tion  of  the  time  taken  to  load  an  ordinary  truck.  In  fact, 
you  never  load  or  unload  trucks  at  all— that's  where  you 
make  the  big  saving. 

Platforms  mat'  be  built  it />  any  desired  height,  so  that 
workmen  can  receive  their  material  on  machine-high  flat- 
forms,  and  as  they  complete  their  work  pile  the  finished 
parts  on  another’ machine-high  platform,  which  is  then 
hauled  away  to  the  next  workman.  This  docs  away  with 
loading  and  unloading  of  trucks  at  machines  or  benches. 
Saves  labor.  Cuts  manufacturing  costs. 

Handling  material  on  platforms  prevents  loss  or  dam¬ 
age  to  goods  because  of  constant  rehandling.  It  prevents 
deterioration  in  stocks  like  paper,  box  board,  etc.,  which 
always  sulfer  from  being  piled  on  the  iloor.  It  docs  away 
with  incessant  loading  and  unloading  of  trucks — all  unpro¬ 
ductive  effort.  You  handle  your  material  only  once.  And 
think  of  the  convenience — one  Barrett  Multi-Truck,  one 
hundred  platforms.  Place  your  stock  on  platforms  as  re¬ 
ceived  or  manufactured,  and  move  anywhere  at  a  moment  s 
notice.  A  loft  or  warehouse  of  5000  square  feet,  com¬ 
pletely  filled  with  loaded  platforms,  can  be  moved  by  two 
men  and  two  Barrett  Multi-Trucks  in  less  than  one  hour. 

Platforms  are  inexpensive  and  last  indefinitely.  I  hey 
may  be  made  in  your  own  carpenter  shop.  The  Barrett 
Multi-Truck  is  but  6  to  9  inches  high  in  low  position,  per¬ 
mitting  the  use  of  low  platforms,  which  are  much  more 
substantial,  as  well  as  cheaper. 

Easy  to  operate.  A  downward  pressure  of  aoo  lbs.  at 
the  end  of  the  long  handle  will  elevate  a  4000  1R  load.  I  he 
weight  of  load  is  distributed,  so  that  there  is  minimum  wear 
on  parts,  while  the  four  wheels  make  tip-overs  impossible. 
The  wheels  are  under  the  truck— there  are  no  projections  to 
catch  when  backing  under  platform.  Front  wheels  turn 
when  truck  is  elevated  or  when  in  low  position.  This  is  an 
important  feature  for  easy  handling,  backing  under  plat- 

ifiktprsit  rt»*: 

The  capacity  of  the  Barrett  Multi-Truck  is  limited 
only  by  what  any  man  can  pull,  and  there  is  an  ample  mar¬ 
gin  of  safety  above  this. 

The  Barrett  Multi-Truck  is  strongly  made,  and  there 
is  practically  no  wear  out  to  it.  The  frame  and  axles  are 
made  of  steel;  roller  bearings  at  all  four  wheels.  A  pull  ot 
fifty  pounds  will  start  a  4000  lb.  load  on  a  level  floor.  In 
short;  we  offer  you  a  substantially  built  Roller  Bearing 




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Edison  General  File  Series 
1915.  Exhibitions  (E-15-37) 

This  folder  contains  correspondence  and  other  documents  relating  to 
Edison’s  involvement  in  exhibitions,  trade  shows,  anniversary  celebrations, 
and  meetings  of  electrical  and  other  industries.  Most  of  the  selected 
documents  for  1 91 5  pertain  to  the  Panama-Pacific  International  Exposition  in 
San  Francisco.  Included  are  numerous  letters  exchanged  between  longtime 
associate  T.  Commerford  Martin  and  Edison's  assistant  William  H. 
Meadowcroft  regarding  plans  to  hold  an  Edison  Day  event  at  the  Exposition 
and  efforts,  ultimately  successful,  to  persuade  the  reluctant  inventorto  attend. 
A  draft  telegram  to  Henry  Ford  in  Edison's  hand  indicates  that  as  late  as 
October  4,  he  considered  it  "impossible  to  go  to  Frisco."  Also  included  are 
letters  discussing  Ford's  participation  at  the  Exposition,  an  itinerary  of 
Edison's  route  to  California,  and  items  concerning  the  installation  of  Diamond 
Disc  phonograph  exhibits  in  the  various  state  buildings  at  the  Exposition. 
Other  correspondents  include  longtime  associate  Charles  C.  Clarke,  who 
attended  an  Edison  Day  celebration  at  the  West  Orange  laboratory;  Charles 
C.  Moore,  president  of  the  San  Francisco  Exposition;  and  Edison  associate 
J.  M.  Hill,  who  served  as  one  of  its  representatives. 

Approximately  20  percent  of  the  documents  have  been  selected, 
including  all  items  written  by  Edison  or  bearing  substantive  marginalia  by  him. 

multiplex  exhibit  service 

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In  learning  that  you  contemplate  visiting  the 
panama-pacific  Exposition,  to  he  held  in  San  Fran- 
oisoo,  I  thought  it  would  he  proper  at  this  time 
to  invite  you  to  take  a  trip  through  the  giant  red¬ 
wood  trees  of  Humholdt  County.  The  Northwestern 
Kailroad  Oompany  have  just  completed  a  new  railroad 
from  San  Francisco  to  Eureka,  touching  the  finest 
scenery  in  the  world.  I  know  it  would  interest  you 
in  making  this  trip.  If  you  deoide  to  make  this  trip, 
please  let  mo  know  in  advanoe  and  I  will  endeavor  to  ,&■ 
Bee  the  city  officials  in  regard  to  making  arrangements 
for  your  reception. 

Enclosed  you  will  find  a  booklet  explaining  in  brief 
the  chief  features  of  Humboldt  County,  situated  a  little 
over  300  miles  north  of  San  Francisco.  Your  visit  to 
the  Fair  will  not  be  complete  without  seeing  this 

Hoping  to  hear  from  you  Boon,  I  remain 

Yours  very  truly, 


Feb.  19  th,  1915. 

In  connection  \7ith  the  Panaroa-Pacif lo 
Kxposition  we  have  now  placed  Diamond  Dieca  in  the 
following  huildinga: 

Hew  York  State  -  shipment  of  A-450  an  route. 

Missouri  -  shipment  of  A-2S0  en  route. 

TJisconsin  -  shipment  of  A-300  on  route. 

Hew  Jersey  -  A-250  already  installed. 

Hew  Kexico  (San  Diego)  A-250  burned  installed. 

Am  working  on  Indiana.  Iowa,  Pennsylvania 


to  an  installation. 

Have  arranged  with  Baley  of  the  Hdi son  Shop 
at  San  Francisco  to  regularly  inapeot  the  installations 
to  insure^est  operation  and  will  also  arrange  through 
him  for  the  installation  of  inexpensive  easels  to  hold 
placards  announcing  records  as  they  are  played  in  line 
with  our  conversation  on  the  matter. 

The  placard  question  I  will  take  up  with 
Mr.  L.  C.  MoChesney  as  soon  as  I  have  selected  ten 
new  numbers  for  use  in  eaoh  Ejddbit. 

Outside  of  the  transportation  on  shipments 
cost  of  above  mentioned  easels  and  placards  and  the 
inspection  expenses  of  Baley’s  mechanician,  these 
installations  stand  us  in  for  no  expense. 

[At® . 

[SON,  WILSON  &  I  RET  OH. 

Edison  Labrntory  Exhibit, 

OrcnKa ,  If.  J. 


This  is  to  notify  you  that  it 
will  he  necessary  for  you  to  have  your 
workers  and  representatives  in  your 
hooths  at  our  "Made  in  Newark"  Expo¬ 
sition  next  Tuesday  morning  at  8:15. 


HARRISON,  N.J.  February  20,1915. 

HARRISON,  N.  J.  FeDruary  c. 

[&&•*  ^ 

Mr.  W.  H.  Meadoweroft,  \r-* 

laboratory  of  Thomas  A.  Edison, 

Orange,  H.J. ,  j- 

Dear  Mr.  Meadowcrof^^^  ,j0  r<  „  g^-i,  •  ‘ 
Rec  eijyea^^ob^l-e^tei 
and  wish  to  thank  yon  for  your  kindness 
the  subject  matter  thereof. 

It - « 

of  February  17thr-| - 


To  be  of  a  little  further  troub3<e_^o  you 
I  would  like  to  ask  you  a  personal  question  in  oonneotion 
with  our  campaign  for  Edison  Day:  namely,  X  have  heard  from 
a  certain  outside  source  that  Mr.  Edison  was  displeased  with 
certain  phases  of  our  campaign.  In  view  of  the  fact  that  I 
have  not  heard  of^any  objection  from  your  office  X  assumed 
that  the  campaign  was  carried  out  in  a  manner  perfectly  sat¬ 
isfactory  to  Mr.  Edison  and  his  associates. 

’  X  would  like  to  hear  from  you  in  regard  to 
the  matter  in  order  that  I  may  correctly  inform  the  party  who 
reported  the  matter  to  me.  t  1 


,  yyi  ■  /\ 

March  3,  191b. 

Mr.  Edison:- 

I  have  the  following  from  Mr.  L.  E.  Myers,  who  is 
now  in  San  PranciBco,  pending  the  opening  of  the  Exposition 
and  seeing  after  the  huge  model  of  the  Panama  Canal  he 
built,  and  for  which  X  supplied  the  telephone-phonograph 


"The  Panama  Canal  is  altogether  the  biggest  attract¬ 
ion  at  the  Exposition,  and  is  earning  twice  as 
much  money  as  any  other  concession  on  what  is 
known  "'as  the  "Zone",  where  they  are  all  located. 
Moreover,  we  are  getting  a  bigger  percentage  of 
the  attendance  each  day,  and  finally  Major  Boggs, 
Secretary  of  the  Isthmian  Canal  Commission,  who 
was  detailed  by  Colonel  Goethals  to  check  up  on 
our  work,  has  written  a  most  unqualified  letter 
of  approval.  Indeed,  he  sayB  we  have  reproduced 
the  thing  with  perfect  accuracy.  We  are  giving 
him  a  luncheon  tomorrow  to  be  attended  by  the 
higher  Exposition  Officials  and  some  of  the 
Government  officials  hereabouts,  and  of  course 
we  will  have  the  press  at  thiB  luncheon  and  see 
that  his  endorsement  gets  the  public  in  the 
most  foneful  way." 

I  thought  that  you  would  like  to  know  that  the 
sixty  phonographs,  with  the  accompanying  telephone  apparatus, 
all  of  which  cost  about  $25,000.00  to  put  through,  is  work¬ 
ing  perfectly,  without  any  series  of  experiments  having  been 
made.  Simply  a  matter  of  design  and  good  luck. 



,  -==*s*  -^=a68»M*+N~e=i~^ 


24  NY  H  76  NL  6  EX 
TH08  A  KOI  SON 

.  Q)0  ir,ii^ 



Maroli  19th , 
19  15. 

Mr.  Edison! 

Supplemsnbing  my  ms  no  of  yesterday,  consent  has  hean  received  to 
the  f ol lowing  additional  Diamond  Disc  installations  in  tlie  State  Buildings  at 
the  Panama  Pair: 


(B-250  Mahogany) 


(3-250  Flemish  Oak) 

north  Dakota 
(B-250  Flemish  Oelc) 


(B-250  Austrian  Brown) 

(3-250  French  Gray) 

She  special  finislms  are  of  course  possible,  and  I  am  making 
arrangements  with  Mr.  Learning  accordingly. 

Up  to 

e  the  total  installations  arranged  f 

Haw  York  State  Building 
Hew  Jersey  State  3uilding 
Missouri  State  Building 
Wisoons  in  State  Building 
Indiana  State  Building 
Kansas  State  Building 
Illinois  State  Building 
Iowa  State  Building 

Virginia  State  Building 
Idaho  State  Building 
Horth  Dakota  State  Building 
Montana  State  Building 
Washington  State  Building 
Edison  Storage  Battery  Exhibit , 
(Transportation  Building) 
Y.W.C.A.  Building 

Installations  luvvo  actually  been  nude  in  the  Hew  York,  Hew  Jorney, 
Missouri,  Wisconsin,  Illinois,  Kansas  and  Indiana  State  Buildings  and  in  the 
Y.W.C.A.  Building.  The  Battery  Exhibit  is  soon  to  be  equipped.  Machines  for  the 
remaining  buildings  will  bo  shipped  the  early  part  of  next  weelc  with  the  ex¬ 
ception  of  course,  of  the  special  finished. 

Looking  far  favorable  action  from  other  State  Building  Commissions  rs 
at  Son  Francisco  anl  am  toda'y  again  writing  San  Diego  Branch  of  Southern  California 
Music  Company,  urging  them  to  try  to  get  into  other  hidings  tin  re  _n  addition 
to  Hew  Mexico  State  Building  where  v, 

CC  to  Messrs.  Wilson,  Maxwell, 

[March  24,  1915, 

Ed  i  "son ,  C.  ti.  Wilson  and  mJrand: 

Messri..  -----  . 

X  era  in  receipt  of  the  following  letter  from 

2.S558  S.*KJres«aBS 


"San  Francisco ,  Cal., 

March  18,  1915.. 

nV/e  are  almost  dovm  to  a  steady  grind  here  .but  x®™  it  was 
fj  „  for  five  or  six  weeks.  Before  the  opening  (February 
2oth1  I  nut  in  four  24-hour  days  in  one  stretch,  rested 
for  four  hours  in  a  half- dazed  condition,  put  in  twenty-four 
hour  s  mo  remand  now  do  fourteen  to  sixteen  hours  oaily, 
Sundays  and  Holidays  being  quite  normal. 

"Well,  Mr.  Hutchison,  it  may  please  you  t0  ttiat  the 

Sr&airfis  ass  . 

.  Tne  woman  wanted  to  know  if  you  were  the  same  man  who  in- 


surprised  to  be  able  to  hear  the  lecture. 

"All  the  boards  came  through,  in  fine  shape,  excepting  Zone 
/'which  had  three  broken  wires;  the  break  we  traced  out  an-d 
renaired.  The  phonographs  are  holding  up  in  good  shape, 
considering  the  terrific  hammering  they  get  in  a  ^yerun. 
There  is  only  a  seven-second  rest  in  each  cycle  of  operation, 
aSd  the  continued  pounding  loosens  the  small  screws,  so  that 
it  is  necessary  to  go  over  them  ever}  morning. 

"The  records  each  operate  3,500  times  or  perjjeei,  and 

we  find  some  of  them  wear  quite  badly  a*  the  end  of  ten  days 
to  two  weeks. 

"The  whole  thing  is  proving  a  fine  advertisement  for  the 
Edison  Company.  People  notice  the  Edison  machine,  and  the 
first  question  they  ask  is  "How  often  do  you  change  the 
records?"  When  we  tell  them  "Every  tw  or  three  weeks", 
they  are  surprised  and  want  to  know  more  about  it. 

"I  haven't  been  able  to  see  anything  else  in  the  Exposition 
so  I  cannot  tell  you  what's  what. 

"We  certainly  had  to  spruce  up  our  room  when  the  telephone 
boards  tame.  The  boards  were  so  well  finished,  and  so  hand¬ 
some,  that  we  had  to  dess  up  to  receive  them.  To  tell  you 
the  truth,  I  was  expecting  nice  looking  boards ,  though  not 
quite  as  elaborate  as  the  ones  you  had  made  up  (I  fought  and 

bought  foraa  nice  looking  room,  but  until  the  boards  them¬ 
selves  came,  I  could  not  put  it  through. 

Jerry  Chesler. " 

The  above  for  your  information. 


Copy  to  Mr.  Benson  of  Western  Electric  Co. 


Mr.  W.  H.  Meadoworoft, 

O/o  Mr.  Thomas  A.  Edison, 
Orange,  N.  J. 

Dear  Mr.  Meadoworoft: 

I  have  been  part  of  the  day  with  Mr.  Herbert  Fleish¬ 
haoker,  of  whom  you  have  often  heard  me  speak  as  an  enthus¬ 
iastic  admirer  of  Mr.  Edison.  X  think  I  have  already  advised 
you  that  he  is  president  of  the  Anglo -London-Par is  National 
Bank  of  San  Francisco,  and,  with  his  brother,  Mortimer,  owns 
praotioally  seventy-five  per  oent  of  the  stock  in  the  Great 
Western  Power  Co.  of  California,  as  well  as  a  big  Salmon  River 
power  plant  in  Oregon.  Mr.  Fleishhaoker  is  also  one  of  the 
executive  oommittee  of  the  Panama-Paolflo  International  Expos¬ 
ition,  and  has  taken  a  very  active  part.  Our  conversation  was 
largely  on  the  subjeot  of  the  invitation  by  the  exposition, 
through  its  president,  Mr.  Moore,  to  Mr.  Edison  to  visit  the 
exposition.  Mr.  Fleishhaoker  is  closely  identified  with  these 
efforts.  I  have  already  told  Mr.  Edison  that  the  Exposition 
authorities  had  determined  to  have  what  is  to  be  oalled  and 
known  as  "Edison  Day."  I  do  not  know  whether  Mr.  Edison  would 
want  to  visit  the  exposition  on  Edison  Day,  but  I  am  inolined 
to  think  that  if  he  aooepts  the  invitation,  he  would  like  to 
be  free  from  any  conventional  program  or  public  reoeption.  I 
happen  to  know  that  Mr.  Moore  and  the  direotors  of  the  expos¬ 
ition  would,  of  course,  like  to  honor  Mr.  Edison  and  go  the 
limit  in  that  direotlon;  but  they  would  defer  entirely  to  his 
wishes  and  would  place  his  comfort  and  pleasure  above  every¬ 
thing  else.  I  want, ypu  to  say  to  Mr.  Edison  for  me  that  the 
men  identified  with'jthis  great  exposition  are  different  than 
tiose  who  have  beeMoonneoted  with  expositions  heretofore. 

They  are  a  lot  of&big,  brainy,  praotioal  men,  who  have  been 
very  prominent  in 'building  up  San  Francisco,  and  have  had  some-, 
thing  to  do  with  the  building  up  of  the  entire  Paoifio  ooast. 

I  hope  that  Mr.  Edison,  when  he  reoeives  the  invitation  - 

against  the  exposition.  I  have  saia  vo  probably 

ITS SS:  sur 

sr«r»ir  s  s%u  c... n. 

Mr.  Fleishhacker  has  asked  me  to  say  to  to .Edison^  ^ 
that  he  would  be  very  glad  if  ^Grei  at° We stern  Power  Company, 



_  +>,1-,  Totter  is  intended  as  a  sort  of  feeler,  hut 

g -rrrr,s». 

r 'zs*$  «  -  *— 

wir  ^ JSEkr 

that  you  had  already  aailed  one  to  him.  «  Qne  highly.  If 

that  he  has  never  received  it .and^  '  t0  Ur.  Mortimer 

you  sent  any  at  all,  I  think  arrange  this  and  mail 

Fleishhacker.  Will  you  not,  theref  ,  Mr_  lerbert  Fleish- 
the  photograph  as  early  as  °°^®on_pariB  National  Bank,  Ban 
haoker,  president  of  the  Anglo  FXeishhaoker  is 

ST S«Z  .»»«»  • Ooa.t  1.  «»  d..elap.». 
of  hydro-eleotric  power. 

_  S'^ft  i=.«  £ 

Mr.  Headoworoft  -  3 

ms  "full  of  oayenne  paper,"  eto. 

With  kindest  regards  to  you  personally,  and  hoping  I 
shall  hear  from  you  soon  at  this  address,  I  am, 

Very  truly 

P.  S.  I  am  mailing  to  you  the  last  edition  of  what  is  known 
as  the  "Hercules  Book"  oh. the  Exposition,  whioh  will  give  you 
an  idea  of  what  it  is  beginning  to  look  like.  Let  Hr.  Edison 
look  at  it, if  he  has  the  time. 




I  APL  2 


26  NY  R  58  BLUE 







11  12  AM  V-" 


national  electric  light  association 

native  Sons  Building, 
San  Francisco, Cal .  May 

Thomas  A.  Edison, Esq 
Edison  laboratories. 
West  Orange, 

Hew  Jersey. 

Bear  Mr.  Edison: 

know,  the  national  Electric t 

As  you  doubtless  know,  the  national  Electric  tri 
light  Association  is  holding  its  thirty-eighth  Convention  ij* 
here  in  San  Francisco,  during  the  week  beginning  June  7th,  ff 
being  our  second  visit  to  the  Coast .  We  shall  have  an 
attendance  of  fifteen  hundred  or  trio  thousand  people,  and 
are  vory  sorry  indeed  that  you  can  not  be  with  us . 

An  electricel  colonnade  has  been  erected  in 
our  honor  in  Union  Square ,  and  Thursday  June  10th  has  been 
set  aside  as  National  Electric  light  Assooation  day  at  the 
Exposition,  making  special  recognition  of  what  electricity 
has  done  for  mankind .  There  will  be  special  exercises  in 
Festival  Hall  that  afternoon,  with  a  reception  by  the 
Exposition  authorities,  and  the  presentation  to  us  of  a 

We  ere  receiving  messages  of  congratulation  from 
the  leaders  in  electricity,  and  would  appreciate  it  very 

Thomas  A.  Eaison,Esq.,-2 . 

much  if  we  couia  ineluae  one  from  yourself.  I  have 
taken  the  liberty  of  forwaraing  herewith  suggestea 
message,  which  we  wouia  be  gLaa  to  have  yon  use, en¬ 
large  or  amena  as  you  aeera  fit.  She  message  is 
aaaressea  to  Presiaent  Scott  of  the  Association.ana 
shonia  be  sent  collect.  I  wouia  like  to  suggest  that  the 
message  might  be  sent  to  us  fuesaay  night  in  oraer  to 
make  sure  of  its  aelivery  in  gooa  season. 

Meantime,  with  personal  regaras,  believe  me. 



P.S.  Mr.  Insull  is  to  be  the  speaker  of  the  afternoon, 
aelivering  a  brief  aaaress  on  electricity  in  lighting 
ana  other  service  to  the  public . 



V/.H.  Meadoweroft.ESQ. , 

Edison  Storage  $  Battejy  Company , 
West  Orange,  "  *  , 

Hew  Jersey. 

Dear  Mr.  Meadowcroft: 

ck  > 


,tJsJ2c  " 
Haase  note  the  enclosed,  which 
is  an  extract  from  the  register  at  the  Edison  Booth  in 
the  Transportation  Building.  It  strikes  me  as  Quite  an 
interesting  item  which  Mr.  Edison  would  like  to  see,  and 
which  possibly  Theodore  might  he  glad  to  print  in  his 

monthly  with  comment  from  his  father.  I  would  say  that 
it  was  handed  to  me  hy  Mr.J.M.  Hill,  with  whom  I  have 
been  talking  this  morning,  and  who  thought  that  such  use 
of  it  would  be  interesting.  I  am  also  going  to  hand  a 
copy  of  it  to  Mr.  Onken,  Editor  of  the  Electrical  World, 
who  is  here. 

In  this  connection  I  have  been  talk¬ 
ing  over  with  Mr.  gill  the  proposition  or  idea,  which 
2£=h*  has  favor  out  here,  of  making  one  of  the  days  an 
Edlsfon  Dayj  and  it  is  also  the  general  and  universal 
feeling  and  hope  that  Mr.  Edison  himself  might  be  here 

W.H.  Headowcroft ,Esq . , -2 . 

latex  in  the  year,  say  Septenber  or  October.  I  think 
it  wotild  he  a  nice  thing  for  the  family  as  the  Exposition 
is  well  worth  seeing,  and  wonderfully  beautiful.  Besides 
there  is  the  lighting,  which  I  still  think  to  be  far  in 
advance  of  outline  work.  Mr.  Edison  would  of  course  be  given 
a  royal  reception,  and  could  be  let  out  of  all  entertainment 
and  dining  and  wining.  I  am  sure  Theodore  ought  to  be 
given  the  opportunity  to  seo  this  Exposition,  so  as  to  write 
up  his  own  account  of  it.  I  am  to  see  one  or  two  prominent 
people  here  this  week  on  the  general  subject,  and  would 
not  be  surprised  if  I  am  made  on  my  return  a  bearer  of  official 
dispatches,  so  to  speak,  to  Mr.  Edison  from  the  Exposition 
authorities.  I  am  tipping  you  off  now  for  what  it  is  worth, 
and  will  let  you  hear  from  me  when  matters  are  a  little 
developed.  Of  course  you  can  understand  that  I  am  myself 
very  busy  making  arrangements  for  our  big  Convention  next 
week . 


June  15th  1915, 

( San  Eranoisco ) 
Diamond  Disc  Exhibits 

New  York  Building  -  A-450  Shipped  from  Orange  and  Installed 

New  Jersey- 

Mis  souri 








No .Dakota 





Ohio  ■  • 



-  A- 250  Installed  hy  Baley,  S.F. 

-  A-250  Shipped  from  Orange  and  installed 

-  A- 3 00  Shipped  from  Milwaukee  &  Installed 

-  A-250  Installed  By  Baley 

-  A-250.  Installed  By  Baley 

-  A-250  Installed  By  Baley  , 

-  B-250  Shipped  from  Factory  to  Baley,  4-15-15 

I  B-250  Flemish  Oak,  Shipped  from  I'aotory  to  Exp .4-15-15 

-  B-260  Austrian  Brown  "  "  "  "  „ 

-  B-250  French  Grey  "  „„  "  ", 

-  A- 260  Golden  Oak  -  Installed  By  Baley 

-  A- 200  Installed  By  Baley 

-  A-250  Installed  By  Baley  _  ,  1R  .. 

-  B-250  French  Grey,  Shipped  from  Factory  to  lisp .4-15-15 

ennsyivama  ■■  -  B-250  Shipped  from  Factory  to  Baley  4-15-16 

'.Virginia  "  -  B-260  Shipped  from  Faotory  to  Baley  4-15-15 

Eiler^s  Concert  Hall,  Liberal  Arts  Palace  -  installed  By  Baley  (1-A  376  &  1 
Maryland  ”  -  B-250  Installed  By  Baley  A-40UJ 

Mass .  ”  —  B-260  n  t*  « 

Nevada  "  -  B-260  "  "  " 

California  "  -  B-260  "  "  " 

Mississippi  "  -  B-260 

Westfield  Pure  Food 

Exhibit  (Restaurant  )B-250  "  " 

Cuba  Building  -  B-250  " 


Texas  Building  -  Not  yet  open 
Utah  "  -  Working  on  this 

Arkansas  "  -  Installation  in  few  days*  s? 


C.c.  to  Messrs . /Edis on'/^ckas .  Edison,  Wilson,  Maxwell,  Deeming,  Berggren, 

•  Ireton.f L.C.MpC^esney,  Hallo we 11,  all  Supervisors,  W.G.Bee  (ESB.Co.) 


s  unthinkable.  I 
any  ways ,  without 
f  the  case. 

think  it  would  do 
any  reference  to 

1  have  just  got  back  to  town  an 
ight  to  attend  the  meeting  of  our  Canadian 
will  be  back  here  again  on  I'onday  for  a  c< 
hen  off  to  my  farm  to  seek  rest  for  a  few  < 
1  am  intensely  interested  to  n< 

;he  chemical  line, 

There  is  absolutely 

New  York, June  28,1915 

W  H  Meadowcroft,  Esq 
Edison  Laboratories, 

Orange,  N.J. 

My  dear  Meadoworoft: 

.  X  have  your  esteemed  favor  of  June  25th  on  my 
return  to  town  from  Canada,  where  I  have  been  attending  another 
meeting.  Your  letter  seems  to  imply  a  possibility  that  Mt.  Edison 
might  go  out  later  in  the  year  to  the  Coast,  which  would  be  all 
that  is  invited  or  suggested,  I  know  that  he  does  make  such  a 
little  break  and  while  there  is  no  great  pleasure  in  crossing  the 
continent  during  the  midsummer  months,  the  trip  is  a  pleasant  one 
later  in  the  year.  Can  I  prooeed' on  any  possible  assumption  that 
he  would  go  later?  A  great  ovation  awaits  him  and  X  want  to  see  him 
get  it. 

I  had  a  good  time  at  the  Exposition,  but  really  saw  very 
little  of  it  as  I  was  out  there  on  the  job  and  not  for  a  junket.  I 



July  1st.  1915, 

T.  Commerford  Martin,  Ksq., 

29  ’.Yost  39th  Street , 

How  York  City. 

Dear  Mr.  Martin: 

I  am  In  receipt  of  your  esteemed  favor  of 
the  28th  ultimo.  T  am  afraid  to  aay  that  there  la  a  possi- 
hillty  that  Mr.  KdiBon  might  go  out  later  in  the  year  to 
the  Vadifio  Coast.  I  do  not  romomber  bavin-  aeon  him  more 
intenaoly  busy  and  tied  down  than  ho  la  at  present.  He  did 
not  go  away  to  "lorida  laat  winter,  as  you  know,  and  he  is 
sadly  in  need  of  a  ohango. 

It- would  he  simply  impossible  for  him  to  leer 
at  present.  I  know  that  he  contemplates  about  a  two  or  three 
wook  automob iling  trip  in  August  if  things  are  in  shape  to 
leave  thorn,  but  I  am'  much  inclined  to  doubt  the  probability 
of  his  going  out  to  the  Coast  this  3*811. 

Min,-'  you,  thoro  is  no  certainty  in  all  this. 

I  am  only  spoaking  of  probabilities  as  I  so>  than  just  now, 
so  don't  take  this  as  kh  entirely  official. 

Yours  very  truly, 



j  spending  a  few  weeks  quartered  at 
the  Hew  Jersey  building.  We  have  here  three  phonographs, 
two  grand  plants  and  two  player  pianos  hut  the  instru¬ 
ment  that  attracts  and  holds  the  attention  of  the  public 
is  the  Edison  Diamond  Disc  Phonograph  and  I  thought  that 
you  might /be  pleased  to  know  that  when  it  isheing  opi¬ 
ated  theAeople  sit  for  hours  listening  to  the  selections. 
While  tjt'ere  are  two  other  makes  here  they  do  not  come 
under  the  same  class  as  yours. 

A  lot  of  new  records  arrived  yesterday 
from  Orange  and  we  have  enjoyed  them  very  much. 

X  trust  that  you  are  taking  oare  of  my 
friend  Hoffmann. 

Resident  Commissioner^ 




on  back  hereof1,  wjiioh  aro  hereby  agreed  to 

./W/' Thomas  A.  Edison?  Inc., 

San  Franc is oo ,  Cal. ,  July  12th.  1915. 

We  understand  Ur.  Edison  will  he  in  San  JJranoisoo  about  July  20th. 
and  advise  us  by  wire  if  this  is  correct  ,  w/want  to  arrange 
an  Edison  Day  at  the  Panama  Pacific  Sxros  it  ion  ana  have,  all  , 
Eaispn  Dealers -meat  Ur.  Edison. 

r  ,  A.  B.  POUMEE./  \  ^Uaj*-W 

Y  . 



<  July  13,  1915 

Thomas  A.  Edison,  Esq., 

$  Thomas  Addison, 

General  Eleotrio  Company, 

Rialto  Bldg. ,  San  Franc 

«***  W* 


My  dear  Mr.  Edisons 

1  have  just  heard  that  you  are  in  San  FranoisoS' 
and  that  sometime  within  the  next  week  you  expect  to  he 
down  here.  I  also  understand  that  your  time  is  being  uAtt  <>>«!», 
very  thoroughly  scheduled  in  an  official  or  semi-off ioial^ay.  '  '  J 
There  are  two  or  three  of  your  old  friends  here,  among  vhom‘(T 
are  J.  A.  iighthipe,  my  Chief  Electrical  Engineer,  whom  you 
will  remember,  and  my  father,  J.  E.  Miller,  who  are  very  UcH*03T 
anxious  to  have  a  little  visit  with  you  of  an  informal  andU 
sooiable  character  as  distinguished  from  the  public  or 
official  hind  of  entertainment  you  will  probably  receive  I  I 

at  the  hands  of  the  picture  people  down  here.  If  you  can  let  / 
mo  Know  just  what  your  plans  are  for  your  time  here  and  will  save 
an  hour  or  two  for  luncheon  some,  day,  or.  an  hour  or  two  at  anjj/ 
time,  luncheon  dinner,  or  any  time  convenient,  I  will  be  very 
glad  to  do  the'  rest,  and  I  can  assure  you  that  you  will  receive 
a  warm  welcome  not  only  from  these  old  friends  of  yours,  but 
from  one  or  two  fellows  like  myself  who  will  bu.t-t-'into  the 
party  because  of  their  rolatjsnahip-to-some'of  your  old  friends 

hsr0*  //  /  -arr  ^ 


Yours  vtfry  truly. 

l  Mr.  Miller's  absence. 

1  , 

'  "JV..  -  rJ/JL 



Mr.  Thoa.  A.  Edison, 

Orange,  New  Jersey, 

w  ]»r  sir:- 

Nor  som< 

use  of  one  of  your  Diamond  DiscJ 


SECRETARY'S  OFF.CE  July  29th,  * 

San  Francisco,  1915 

L-  ^ 


._  ,.e  have  hktf4»&'i  %-nJ^ 

fTSC^1  P^'r 

t  »*^r£T».  our 

thank  you  for  the  great  pleasure  it  .  _ 

4.oL  ^  w  _ 

-  t  a  perfL__ 

I  it  forllittle  infori 

Wti.oC.  (am  k/t*.  a 

visitors  during  that  time.  I<t  seemB  to  he  a  perfect^  in-. 

strument  in  every  way.  We  have"us1ed'  i 
dances  here  in  the  building,  and  it  was  just  as  good  for*" 
our  purposes  as  a  thirty  piece  orchestra  would  have  been./ 
Our  guests  at  these  danoes  have  also  remarked  its  super-^ 
iority  over  any  of  the  other  phonographs  or  talking  machir^f 
now  on  the  market. 

In  this  connection  I  want  to  refer  to  your  repre¬ 
sentative  here  on  the  Exposition  Grounds--Miss  Jessie 
E.  Weeden,  whom  we  have  found  to  be  all  to  the  good.  She 
understands  her  business  and  has  been  courteous  and  busi¬ 
nesslike  in  every  way.  You  are  indeed  fortunate  to  have 
her  here.  It  is  no  small  job  to  please  everybody,  but  I 
must  say  that  she  comes  nearer  to  it  than  anyone  else  I 
have  ever  known. 




San  Francisco, 

If  there  is  anything  that  I  can  do  for  you  or  MIbb 
Weeden  I  sincerely  hope  that  you  will  command  me. 

Again  thanking  you  for  placing  the  machine  in  the 
North  Dakota  building,  I  am, 

Your 8  respectfully, 

Secretary  North  Dakota 


“Exposition  are  Ike  timekeepers  of  Progress"—  Wm.  McKinley. 








T.  B.  WAONER  R°2'Mn 

WEEK  OF  SEPTEMBER  20th,  1915 






Mr.  Thomas  A.  Edison,  OJ}  lj*  |m^c-  — * 

Llewelyn  Bark,  iTVl  ArtTSV 

Orange,  H.J. 

Bear  Sir;- 

This  exposition-  the  first  in  America-  waB  organized 
to  foster,  help,  and  establish  firmly,  those  chemical  industries 
now  beginning  growth  in  this  oountry  and  to  promote  interest  in 
the  development  of  the  countries  undeveloped  resources. 

Its  aim  is  to  plaoe  theBe  things  vividly  before 
financiers,  manufacturers,  works  managers,  chemists, 
and  the  publio-  all  interested  in  industries  dependent  on  ohemistry. 

It  is  designed  to  enliBt  the  sympathy  and  confidence 
of  the  general  puhlio  in  the  ohemioal  industries. 

Your  oompanieB  have  done  muoh  in  the  way  of  manufactur¬ 
ing  ohemioals ,  and  converting  them  into  Buoh  materials  as  will 
sunuly  entertainment  and  gratifioation  for  all  the  senses  ,- 
ohemloalmus io ,  speotrosofpic  art,  light,  heat,  power  a  conserva¬ 
tion  of  energy (-and  other  things-  eaoh  related  closely  to  our 
daily  life  and  existanoe. 

Might  we  not  beg  of  you  to  aBk  your  companies  to  exhibit 
at  the  forthcoming  exposition? 

Yours  very  truly 

,rs  very  tru^ 


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WEEK  OF  SEPTEMBER  20th,  1915 


19  15 

Thos.  A.  Edison 
Orange ,  fl.  U. 

Dear  Sirs- 

We  are  sending  you  under  separate  cover 
a  number  of  Poster  Stamps  concerning  the  coming  national 
Exposition  of  Chemical  Industries,  which  we  will  appreciate 
very  muoh  if  you  will  kindly  use  on  all  your  outgoing 
mail  in  the  same  manner  as  we  have  indicated  below. 

In  case  you  need  more  of  these  we  will  he  very  glad  to 
furnish  same  . 

Trusting  you  will  begin  using  these  at 
once  and  thanking  you  for  your  kind  co-operation,  we 

Yours  very  truly, 



V/  H  Meadoworoft ,  Esq 


dispose  of  three  or  four  good  hatches  every  day.  The  plan  works 
out  very  well.  I  have  already  disposed  of  about  a  thousand  p^ges 
in  this  way  and  expect  to  make  a  drive  at  another  five  hundred  next 


With  regards,  believe  me 


Aug. 27 ,19X5 . 

Mr.  T.  Commerford  Martin,  Secretary, 
National  Electric  Light  Association, 
No.  20  'Vest  Thirty-Ninth  Street, 

New  York  City. 

My  dear  Mr.  Martin: - 

I  beg  to  acknowledge  re¬ 
ceipt  of  your  esteemed  favor  of  the  26th  inst.,  and 
it  gives  me  a  good  deal  of  pleasure  to  say  that  Mr  • 
Edison’s  eyes  were  not  seriously  injured  by  the  acci¬ 
dent  reported  in  the  papers.  I  happened  in  at  the 
Plant  Just  a  minute  after  it  had  oocurred,  in  fact, 
while  he  was  washing  out  his  eyes.  Of  oourse,  at  the 
moment  they  were  giving  him  a  good  deal  of  pain,  but 
I  waited  a  few  moments  and  then  he  said  in  his  usual 
way  "Well,  Meadoworoft,  what  can  I  do  for  you?"  Then, 
we  went  on  to  discuss  some  business  matters  about  whioh 
I  had  gone  over  tothe  Plant  to  see  him.  A  little  while 
after  that  he  went  homo  to  change  his  olothes,  for  they 
were  a  sight.  He  resumed  work  during  the  Evening  and 
has  been  at  work  ever  since.  He  certainly  is  a  wonder* 

So  far  as  I  know  they  have 

fixed  unon  October  21st  as  "Edison  Day"  out  at  the  Ex¬ 
position,  but  I  think  that  Mr.  McManis  at  the  Lamp 
Works  could  tell  you  accurately.  I  really  do  not  know 
whether  he  will  go  out  to  San  Francisco  or  not. 

1  rather  regret  to  learn  that 
you  could  not  manage  to  get  a  regular  vacation.  I  simply 
had  to  get  away  for  a  while,  for  the  last  ten  months 
havo  been  the  most  strenuous  ones  in  my  life,  and  I  was 
afraid  that  I  might  have  some  sort  of  a  break-down  if  I 
attempted  to  go  on  without.  Of  oour3e,  X  had  to  lay  a 
lot  of  elaborate  plans  for  the  continuance  of  my  part 
of  the  work  during  my  absence,  but  it  came  out  all  right. 

There  is  a  strenuous  Fall  and 

Winter  before  me . 

It  is  a  lucky  thing  for  yojc 
that  you  have  the  farm  to  go  to  so  that  you  can  change 


Mr.  T.  Commerford  Martin, 

Aug. 27th, 1915. 

off  for  a  few  hours  during  your  hard  work.  X  have  some 
little  idea  of  what  it  means  to  read  two  thousand  pages 
of  proofs,  and  you  have  ray  sincere  sympathy. 

With  kindest  regards,  I  remain, 
Your3  very  truly, 


"Exp}! atom  are  the  timekeeper!  of  Progren"—Wm.  McKinley. 








WEEK  OF  SEPTEMBER  20th,  1915^ 




2  *t 


Lk^  *//‘ 

Mr.  Thos  .  A.  Edison 
Orange,  N.  J. 

Dear  Sir:-  /?  6  c.  —  w  ^  ^ 

Enclosed  please  findinvoioeilooveri] 
on  your  space  contracted  for  in  'She  national  Exjh — 

Industries  to  be  held  at  New  York  6ity  week  of  Sept 

When  sending  us  remittance,  please  send  us  a  list  of 
^those  who  will  be  in  attendance  in  your  space,  for^whom  you  will 
require  season  passes.  Upon  receipt  of  this  lirt^we  will  mail  you 
v  at  once  season  passes.  ' 

We  beg  to  call  your  special  attent^h  to  "Information 
to  Exhibitors"  we  forwarded  you  several  days  ago,  which  gives  you 
detailed  information  regarding  the  installation  of  your  exhibit. 

IMPORTANT!  If  you  have  not  already  sent  in  your  Bign 
copy,  beg  to  advise  that  it  is  absolutely '^necessary  that  we  re¬ 
ceive  same  not  later  than  MONDAY,  SEPT.  13th,  in  order  that  there 
will  be  no  delay  in  having  your  sign  painted  and  all  decorations 
installed  in  proper  time. 

Thanking  you  for  your  prompt  attention  to  the  above, 


Yours  very  tjjuly, 


\  Jr* 

7^  ‘  ■ 

September  4,  191B. 

Mr.  Ihomas  A.  Edison, 

Orange,  H.  J. 

My  dear  Mr.  Edison; 

I  am  enclosing  copy  of  a  telegram  Whioh  X  reoeived  from 
Iheodore  Hardee,  Who  is  Director  of  Special  Events  at  the  Exposition. 

The  telegram  was  at  the  request  of  the  President. 

When  I  left  San  Franoisoo,  Ootober  21st  was  the  day  set 
for  the  day  to  he  known  as  "Edison  Day",  and  in  my  talk  with  Mr. 
Ford  today  X  suggested  that  the  day  to  he  known  as  "Henry  Ford  Day" 

should  immediately  follow  "Edison  Day." 

While  Mr.  Ford  is  a  good  deal  like  yourself  in  shunning 
any  public  functions,  he  has  taoitly  consented ,  (and  I  think  rather 
rehSotantly/  to  aocept  the  honor  Whioh  the  Exposition  desires  to 
confer  upon  him.  It  is  not,  of  course,  recognizing  Mr.  Ford  as 
the  great  manufacturer  of  motor  oarB  hut  his  praotioal  work  along 
labor  lines  and  his  unusual  qualities  as  a  praotioal  philanthropist 
whioh  have  placed  him  among  the  few  for  whom  the  Exposition  desires 
to  set  apart  speoial  days  in  honor.  He  will,  like  yourself,  he 
presented  with  a  commemorative  medal  and  great  oare  will  he  used 
in  seleoting  the  men  Who  will  he  called  upon  to  meet  him.  He  will 
he  oonsulted  in  regard  to  say  program  of  events  on  "Henry  Ford  Day." 

I  do  not  know  just  how  you  have  been  approached  in  regard 

T.  E.  ‘#2. 

to  the  day  set  aside  in  your  honor,  hut  Mr.  Ford,  Who  1b  planning 
to  leave  here  about  Oototer  14th  and  arranging  to  he  in  San  Fran-o 
oisoo  approximately  the  18th  of  Ootober,  expects  that  you  and  your 
family  will  be  in  his  party,  so  I  assume  that  Ootober  21st  would 
be  as  satisfactory  to  you  aB  almost  any  other  date.  I  wish,  however, 
you  would  telegraph  me  regarding  this— snbjeot,  of  oourBe,  to  your 
finally  deoiding  to  go  to  the  Exposition. 

Mr.  Mortimer  Fleishhaoker  asked  me  to  oonvey  hiB  reBpeotB 
to  you  and  state  that  he  would  be  very  glad  to  have  you  go  to  the 
big  Hydro-Eleotrio  Power  Plant  of  the  Great  Western  Power  Co.  at 
Feather  Elver  Canyon.  I  have  already  written  you  regarding  this 
trip  and  I  expected  to  be  able  to  talk  it  over  with  you  in  Orange 
before  this,  but  am  detained  here  and  likely  to  be  further  detained 
between  here  and  Hew  York.  Mr.  Fleishhaoker  will  invite  Mr.  Ford 
and  his  party  also  to  go  to  the  Plant. 

I  am  trying  to  get  traok  of  Theodore's  Whereabouts.  Hope 
you  will  approve  of  his  oooupying  my  room  at  the  Press  Club.  Two 
single  be  ds^ jwar-be^put  in  there  for  himself  and  chum,  and  you  oan 
assure  Mrs.^&^that  the  surroundings  are  all  right  for  the  young 

1  wish  you  would  have  Meadoworoft  wire  me  at  this  hotel 
on  reoeipt  of  this  letter  if  there  is  any  possibility  of  stating 
When  Theodore  will  arrive  in  San  Francisco.  The  Division  of  Trans¬ 
portation  would  like  to  have  the  9feee*ere  Ford  oar  driven  into  the 
Transportation  Palace  and  exhibited  as  one  of  the  achievements  in 
oonneotion  with  the  oross-oontinent  run. 

Mr.  Marhsall,  Whom  I  met  with  Mr.  Ford  today,  expect  to 
see  you  on  Monday  at  Orange  and  will  tell  you  just  how  Mr.  Ford 

I.  E. 


feels  at> out  your  going  to  California  with  his  party. 
With  very  hast  regards,  believe  me, 
Sincerely  yoiu 





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V®  -'was  very  gratifying  for 
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sentativeLmiw^nlfthe  Bast,  that  you  Have/ 
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welcoming  you  here,  1/ 

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Lit  oratory  of  Hr  Thomae  A  Edison 

Orange  Hev;  Jersey 

September  11th  1915 

4;  P  3  ^ 

\  ^  \ 

V  i(x>y  l1 

Lear  Hr  Meadcwcroft 

It  is  proposed  to  hold  a  Historical  Exhibit  at  the 
.  'coning  Electrical  Show,  to  be  held  at  the  Grand  Central  Palace, 
October  6th  to  16th.  Our  Hr  J  TT  Liob  is  Chairman  of  this 
Committee,  but  he  accepted  it  on  being  told  that  I  was  to  per¬ 
sonally  do  the  work.  I  am  on  a  still  hunt  for  some  of  the 
earlier  antiques,  which  will  gladden  the  hearts  of  some  of  the 
old  3hellbarl:s  like  ourselves  who  were  in  the  business  at  that 
time,  to  form  a  part  of  this  exhibit.  I  believe  Hr  Edison 
\  has  an  original  3i -polar  .motor.  Doyou  suppose  that  he  could  be 
induced  to  spare  it  for  an  occasion  of  this  kind. 

Any  suggestions  or  Information,  whioh  will  help  to 
siake  this  exhibit  interesting,  that  you  may  be  able  to  give 
will  be  greatly  appreciated. 


September.  20th.  1916. 

to  twist  the  top  off.  Could  we  not  substitute  a  steel  hey,  or  In  some  way  strengthen 
the  present  key  1 

Kindly  advise  mo  what  Is  done  on  this  matter. 

Copy  of  the  above  to  hr.  Edison. 

J  .  C 

John  P.  Constable. 
Assistant  Chief  Engineer. 


The  informal  Eastern  cornmitteft-Lo-rake  care  of 

"Edison  Day"  October  21st.  at  San  Francisco,  is  as  follows: 

Samuel/  lnsull 
C  L  Edgar 
J  W  Lieb 
T  C  Martin 
i7  II  Meadowcroft 

1  am  glad  to  Bay  that  Mr  lnsull  has  agreed  to  act 
as  speaker  of  the  day  and  other  arrangements  are  being  made.  Cne 
or  two  interesting  developments  1  hope  to  advise  you  of  as  soon  as 
possible.  While  in  Washington  yesterday  I  called  on  Secretary 

Daniels  to  see  if  he  could  shape  his  plans  so  as  to  be  with  us  at 

the  time,  and  had  the  good  fortune  to  meet  our  mutual  friend,  Mr 

Henry  Ford,  there  in  conference  with  Mr  Daniels.  We  had  quite  an 
interesting  conversation  and  1  might  say  that  Mr  Ford  is  very  much 
interested  in  the  whole  affair. 

Meantime  with  regards,  believe  me 




Chicago  °nAd  North' Western  409  Fifth  ATS., 

*  Union  Pacific  HeW  York  City. 

Enroute,  September  25,  1915. 

Dear  Mr.  Edison: 

I  am  just  returning^ from  the  Exposition  and  there 
were  m^y  things  there  which  immensely  interested  me.  There 
is  much  to  see;  it  is  delightful,  clean  and  up  to  date.  While 
there  I  met  an  old  friend  of  mine,  a  man  of  remarkable 
mechanical  genius  who  has  made  a  great  deal  of  money  and  who 
told  me  he  expected  to  atop  at  Universal  City,  the  home  of 
the  Movies,  to  see  some  of  the  Movie  men,  as  he  had  affected 
a  synohrinous  arrangement  by  which  a  photo  film  and  the  voice 
record  would  be  absolutely  parallel  under  all  circumstances. 

He  stated  that  by  your  method  a  belt  was  used,  which  never 
could  give  the  exact  double  contact. 

I  said  nothing  to  him,  but  if  it  interests  you 
at  all  will  be  glad  to  tell  you  about  this  when  I  return.  He 
is  a  successful  inventor  and  was  for  a  long  time  Professor 
at  Stevens  Institute. 

Everybody  at  the  Fair  is  expecting  you  on  Edison 
Day.  r  saw  your  exhibit  and  was  much  pleased  with  it.  I  saw 
a  number  of  the  Edison  Talking  Machines  in  excellent  places. 
It  seems  to  me  that  you  would  all  enjoy  the  trip  here  and  you 
would  not  hurt  the  good  cause. 

Believe  me. 

Very  sincerely. 

Dr.  Thomas  A.  Edison, 
Llewelyn  Park, 

Orange,  H.  J. 

T.  Commerford  Martin,  ^sq., 

29  7: oat  39th  Street, 

Hew  York  City. 

My  dear  Mr.  Martin; 

I  am  in  receipt  of  your  favor 
of  the  23rd  instant,  and  would  have  acknowledged 
it  "before,  "but  last  week  I  did  not  get  down 
los  enough  to  touch  the  high  spots. 

I  em  glad  to  learn  of  the  pro¬ 
gress  of  things  in  connection  with  Edison  Day 
at  San  Franoisco.  Everything  seems  to  he  mov¬ 
ing  along  satisfactorily,  so  far  as  the  oommittoe 
is  oonoemed.  I  only  hope  that  it  will  not  he 
necessary  to  play  "HairiLet"  without  the  Prince 
of  Denmark. 

Yours  very  truly. 

Panama-Pacific  Internation  Exposition 
San  Prancisco 
Office  of  the  President 

September  -27,1915 

Mr.  T  C  Martin, 

Secretary,  National  Electric  Light  Assn. , 
29  V/est  39th  St., New  York  City 

My  dear  Mr.  Martin: 

Many  thanks  for  your  good  letter  of 
September  23,  which  proved  very  interesting.  Mr. Hill 
is  due  here  tomorrow  and  I  will  go  over  the  whole  situation 
with  him.  The  local  Edison  Committeeis  actively  at  work 
to  make  "EDISON  DAY"  a  great  success  and  witn  the  combined 
efforts  of  all  interested,  this  euccess  seems  assured. 

Again  thanking  you  for  your  communication  and  awaiting 
your  further  favors,  I  remain, 

Very  truly  yours, 
signed  Theodore  Hardee 
por  the  President 


New  York, September  28,1916 

V/.  H.  Moadowcroft,  Esq., 

Edison  Laboratories  f 

Orange,  H.J. 

My  dear  Ueadowcroft: 

I  have  yours  of  September  27th  and  note  con¬ 
tents.  It  is  needless  to  say  that  all  of  our  arrangements  for 
Edison  Day  are  being  predicted  on  Mr.  Edison  being  there,  and  I 
was  glad  to  note  the  item  in  some  of  the  papers  last  week,  giving 
soma  personal  details  as  to  those  to  go  out,  including  Mrs. Edison 
and  the  two  boys. 

As  an  evidence  of  the  interest  taken  in  the  Edison  Battery, 




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Mew  York, Ootober  1,1915 

Henry  Ford,  Esq., 

Ford  Motor  Car  Company 
Detroit, Mich. 

Dear  Ur.  Ford: 

You  will  remember  tint  when  I  had  a  ohat  with  you  in  the 
off ioe  of  Secretary  Daniels  at  Washington,  X  adviaed  you  that  we  were 
trying  to  aeoure  the  use  of  the  Brady  Private  Oar  for  Mr.  Edison  and 
party,  although  we  had  undaratood  that  ho  had  already  been  invited  to 
ahare  your  hospitality  for  tno  trip  to  the  kdiaon  and  Ford  Exercises 
in  San  Prariciuoo,  October  21-22.  I  am  very  sorry  indeed  to  learn  from 
Vice-President  Liebof  the  Hew  York  Edison  Company,  who  had  the  matter 
personally  in  hand,  that  he  i»B  been  unable  to  carry  through  suocoaafully 
hia  negotiations  with  regard  to  the  car.  I  am  advising  about  this  as 
promptly  us  possible  for  your  information,  and  for  such  further  attention 
as  younmay  want  to  give  the  matter  in  regard  to  taking  care  of  the  Edison 

Meantime,  with  regards,  believe  me, 

Yours  truly. 


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Oot.  4th.  1915. 

Iv.O.  Martin,  Esq., 

29  West  29 th  Street, 

New  York  City. 

My  dear  Mr.  Martin: 

I  have  received  your  favor  of  the  1st  instant, 
and  share  your  disappointment  with  you  in  regard  to  the  Brady 
Car.  Of  course  this  would  make  no  difference  to  Mr.  and  Mrs. 
Edison  if  they  go. 

I  want  to  say  to  you  confidentially  that  I  re¬ 
gard  it  as  quite  an  uncertain  thing  whether  Mr.  Edison  will  he 
able  to  got  away.  A  whole  year's  very  hard  work  is  Just  cul¬ 
minating  in  results  that  he  has  labored  for  so  strenuously,  and 
I  am  a  little  bit  afraid  that  the  time  is  too  short  between  now 
and  the  time  ho  would  have  to  learn  for  Erisoo  to  enable  him  to 
got  on  really  safe  ground.  Of  oourse,  we  all  want  him  to  go,  ar 
hope  that  he  may  bo  able  to  see  the  way  clear  to  ao  so. 

Yours  very  truly. 

Oct.  5th.  19X5. 

T.  Coramerford  Martin,  Esq., 

29  'Vest  39th  Street, 

:iew  York  City. 

My  dear  Mr.  Martin: 

?i,Q  |jiow  ijaB  fallen!  In  other  words,  Mr.  Edison 
has  finally  made  up  his  mind  that  "ho  cannov  go  to  San  Francisco 
for  Edison  Day.  Ho  has  thought  it  all  over  carefully.  He  has 
taken  a  lot  of  contracts  with  various  mills  and  factories  for 
Aniline  dye  material  and  Carbolic  Acid.  So  far  as  we  are  con¬ 
cerned  here,  these  are  new  industries  and  our  manufacturing 
plants  reauire  a  groat  deni  of  hiB  personal  attention.  He  can¬ 
not  relegate  this  to  anyone  else,  and  if  the  material  is  n°“ 
plied  a3  contracted  for.  a  great  many  employees  connected vith  the 
various  industries  would  he  thrown  out  of  work  and  ether  serious 
consequences  would  ensue.  He  has,  therefore,  finally  decided 
that  it  is  his  duty  to  stand  by  his  factorios,  which  would  make 
the  San  Francisco  trip  entirely  out  of  the  question. 

Mr.  Insull  telegraphed  him  this  morning  asking  if 
he  would  be  in  San  FranciBco  on  the  21ut  instant,  stating  that 
he  f Insull )  would  bo  there.  Mr.  Edison  »roto  our  a  reply  to  this 
telogram  in  his  own  hand- writing  ,  and  I  will  give  it  to  you  iust 
ae  he  wrote  it.  It  is  as  follows,  juBt  as  I  sent  it  to  Mr.  Insull: 

"On  account  of  great  pressure  on  mo  from 
many  mills  for  uye  stuff  material  and  to 
prevent  laying  off  thoir  men  I  feol  it 
my  duty  to  stand  by  my  factories  and  not 
go  to  Frisco." 

It  in  too  bad  that  this  ends  all  our  plans,  know¬ 
ing  all  the  circumstances  as  I  do,  I  must  confeB3  that  I  cannot 
see  it  in  any  other  light,  than  to  agree  with  the  decision  he  has 
arrived  at.  If  at  the  prosont  time  ho  Bhould  bo  away  from  here 
for  ton  or  twelve  days  there  is  no  tolling  what  sorious  thingB 
might  happen  that  would  cause  him  a  groat  deal  of  anxiety  and  un¬ 

Yours  very  truly. 




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RAN O EL,  N.  J. 


W  H  meadowcroft, 










sibln  for  us  to  secure,  for  this  day,  some  moving-pictures  of  intei 
eBt  pertaining  to  Edison-  views  of  the  worlcs-  of  Edison  himself-of 
some  of  hie  plants  in  operation  in  fact,  anything  which  we_could^ 
use  in  or  del  to  further  our  end  to  make  this 
r  emember  ed. 

We  are  hacked  in  this  affelr  hy  Dean  Connelly,  Dir^oxor  ot  " 

School  Of  Applied  Industries,  and  Prof.  H.A.Calderwood,  ChiTf"of  the 
Electrical  Department  of  the  same  school.  Both  men  are  activememhers 
of  the  AVO  club,  an  organization  composed  of  students  in  the  Elect¬ 
rical  Courses  in  the  Industries  School.  The  main  purpose  of  the  club 
is  to  discuss  electrical  problems  of  the  day,  to  hear  such  speakers 
as  we  may  be  fortunate  to  engage,  andfor  the  social  entertainment  of 
the  amber  s.  The  name  Avo ,  is,  in  itself,  symbolic  of  things  elect- 
rical(Amperee-  Volts-  Ohms). 

We  are  a  comparatively  young  club,  having  organized  only  a  year 

celebration  one  to  be  \ 

(  SO 3^  ) 

fork, October  b.i&lb 

w,  h.  Ueadowcroft,  ksq., 
cidison  laboratory 
Orange ,  xi.d. 

Dear  iieadowcroft: 

Mr.  Insull  nas  very  keen  nope  based  on  ail  tnat  goes 
on  with  regard  to  Kdison,  ISdison  Day  and  Jidison's  later  activities. 

1  understand  tnat  you  nave  recently  compiled  a  remarkable  digest  of 
Mdison's  cneaiical  activitiee  in  tne  last  two  years,  and  I  have  promised 
ur.  insuil  to  try  to  secure  tnat  from  you  so  that  he  can  round  out 
narrative  which  would  nedtner  be"bald  nor  uninteresting',' to  quote  Gilbert 
out  which  would  be  incomplete  without  this  latest  stupendous  chapter  of 
iidisonian  energy  and  efficiency.  Will  you  not  please  send  it  on  to 
nim  direct,  or  if  you  like,  X  will  be  glad  to  send  it  to  him 
It  would  be  very  h^ard  indedd  to  tell  you 
to  have  the  hero  of  tne  day  present 
would  se  a  good  thing  for  him  to  detach  himself  from  his  laborious  oc- 

>  dull  Mdison's  keen  edge 

:  you. 

v  keen  we  all  are 
i  tne  ocoasion,  feeling  that  it 

Work  never  seems  1 

but  you  will  remember  tne  old  ad^ago^to  Jack,  "that  all  work  and  no  play 

cupations  for  a  few  days, 
but  you  wil 
makes  Jack  a  dull  boy' 



Oct.  6th.  1915. 

T.  Com'nerford  Martin,  Esq. 

29  -Vest  59th  Street, 

Hew  York  City. 

My  dear  Hr.  Martin: 

Undoubtedly  you  have  reooivod 
this  morning  ray  letter  of  yesterday,  and  I  am 
afraid  it  has  been  somewhat  of  a  disagreeable 
surprise  to  you.  •  However,  Mr.  Edison  is  the 
Doctor  in  this  case,  and  all  I  can  do  in  to 
advise  you  of  his  decision. 

In  regard  to  the  digest  of  Mr. 
Edison's  chemical  activities  since  the  war,  you 
will  find  it  at  the  end  of  the  enclosed  chrono¬ 
logical  table,  which  you  can  send  to  Mr.  In- 
sull  if  you  wish,  with  my  compliments. 

Yours  very  truly. 

Diotated  by 
Mr.  Meadoworoft 
before  leaving 
for  New  York. 

o  p  y 

Hew  York,  October  6,  191b, 

Samuel  lnsull,  3sq 
Commonwealth  Edison  Co 
Chicago,  111 

Dear  Mr  Inaull: 

You  will  have  received  ray  tv;o  telegramB  of  to-day  as 


"Profoundly  disappointed  by  Edison  telegram  to  you. 
Are  you  inclined  to  ask  him  to  reconsider.  Have 
just  received  telegram  from, Gan  Francisco  aa  fol¬ 
lows:  "Suggested  program  for  Edison  Day  committee 
of  Covernor  Mayor  President  Uoore  and  officials  of 
Exposition  and  Power  Companies  to  meet  train  on 
arrival  San  PranciBco  October  twentieth  luncheon 
given  by  President  of  Exposition  Twenty-first 
Proaontation  of  medal  by  President  Exposition  two 
thirty  followed  by  Aeroplane  flight  Bpeoial  il¬ 
lumination  in  evening  escorted  through  Exposition 
to  view  lighting".  Am  writing  John  A  Britton  Chair¬ 
man  of  the  Day".  Please  wire  Britton  whether  this 
general  program  meets  your  approval  which  1  have 
communicated  to  Edison.  Have  wired  Hardee  program 
has  been  submitted  to  you." 

"Foel  as  you  do  emphatically  againBt  any  commercialism 
but  program  sent  uo  apparently  eliminateo  that  element 
entirely.  On  the  other  hand  the  function  with  princi¬ 
pal  figure  absent  makes  no  appeal  to  me  except  as  a 
recognition  of  him  and  our  art.  It  will  disappoint 
the  family  greatly.  Am  renewing  effort. 

I  hardly  know  what  to  add  to  them  as  they  sum  up  the 
disappointing  situation.  1’or  your  information,  1  am  sending  you  a 

Samuel  lnsull,  Esq 


oopy  of  a  letter  which  1  have  just  received  from  l.Jr  Moadoworoft. 

1  am  nuturally  renewing  the  offort  or  pressure  hut  1  have  little 
confidence  in  the  result  of  my  efforto,  although  1  know  it  to  bo  a 
fact  that  Mrs  Edison  and  the  family  are  moot  anxious  to  diolodge 
him  from  bin  work  for  a  brief  spell  and  get  him  to  tako  some  rest 
of  such  a  kind  as  the  trip  to  the  Coast  would  be. 

1‘orBonally ,  1  hate  to  think  of  the  abandonment  of  "KJW301I 
DAY”  if  it  can  be  carried  through  with  any  propriety  and  dignity, 
but  it  doss  seem  to  be  another  case  of  the  play  of  "Hamlet"  with 
Hamlet  left  out,  unless  the  .Exposition  people  and  yourself  and  Edgar  feel  that  the  came  recognition  can  bo  extended  in  Edison's 
absence.  Die  situation  is  quite .similar  to  that  which  occurred  when 
the  University  of  Oxford  wished  to  confer  the  degree  on  Edison  at  the 
same  time  with  Mark  Twain  and  KdiBon  had,  as  1  understood  it,  vittual- 

ly  agreed  to  go  over,  much  to  the  satisfaction  of  Mrs  Edison.  Oxford, 

howsver,  does  not  confer  degrees  in  absentia  and  when  Edison  decided 
not  to  go,  Lord  Curzon,  who  was  then  Chancellor,  got  really  very  in¬ 
dignant  about  it  as  though  it  had  been  a  personal  affront.  1  don't 
think  he  has  oyer  forgiven  Edison  for  the  incident  from  what  1  have 
hoard  from  friends  on  the  other. side. 

1  cannot  think  that  the  dye  situation  is  bo  vitally  pressing 

as  Edison  feels  it  to  bo,  but  perhaps  the  business  is  still  too  young 

and  disorganized  to  be  left  to  run  itself  evon  for  a  few  days.  1  was 
under  the  impression  that  the  plants  were  no w  fairly  well  organized. 

The  only  alternative  1  can  think  of  by  way  of  saving  the 

Samuel  lnoull,  Beq  *3-  10-6-16 

oituation  would  be  to  have  Bdioon  on  that  day  at  thin  end  of  the 
telephono  line  convey  hia  thanks  and  recognition  of  the  honor  Bought 

night  Better 

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Hr.  Edison: 

I  have  reoeived  the  following  by  telephone  from  Ur. 
liebold,  Who  oalled  me  up  from  Detroit. 

You  will  leave  Briok  Churoh,  9:15  o'olook  Thursday 
evening  by  the  Lackawanna  Express.  Your  private  oar,  superb, 
will  be  next  to  the  engine.  By  so  placing  it  you  will  be  sub¬ 
ject  to  the  least  annoyance. 

You  will  go  from  Buffalo  via  Michigan  Central  and  stop 
at  Detroit  a  half  an  hour.  Hr.  Liebold  will  come  on  the  train 
and  see  you. 

Prom  Detroit  you  go  to  Chicago,  where  you  arrive  Fri¬ 
day  night  about  9:00  o'olook.  Prom  Chicago  you  go  via  the  North¬ 
western  K.  K.  to’ Omaha.  Prom  Omaha  via  Union  Pacific  to  Ogden. 

Prom  Ogden  via  Southern  Paoifie  to  San  Francisco,  arriving  at 
San  FranoiBCO,  Monday,  October  18th  at  8:00  P.  H. 

Ur.  Ford  leaves  earlier  than  you  do  because  he  wants 
to  make  several  stop-overs.  He  will  arrive  at  San  Pranoisco  on 
Monday,  October  18th  at  8:00  d1 clock  in  the  morning  and  will  meet 
you  on  your  arrival  in  the  evening-  3oth  his  and  your  private 
ears  will  be  run  right  into  tho  exposition  grounds. 

J.  M.  Hill  has  made  reservations  for  you  at  the  Pair- 
mount  Hotel. 

Liebold  says  that  if  you  and  Urs.  Edison  wish  to  change 
route  or  make  any  stop-over  you  can  tell  him  when  he  sees  you 
in  Detroit  on  Friday.  I  imagine  that  perhaps  you  would  prefer 
not  ibo  make  any  stop-overs,  as  you  will  have  two  days  to  get 
rested  up  before  Edison  Day,  October  21 at,  if  you  go  right  through. 


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,  -'sWm  .  .  , 

Oot.  15th.  1915. 

'Your  telegram  arrived  fifljer  Mr.  Edison’s 
in  San  Franoisoo  Monday  e veiling. 


He  arrives 


In  Reply  Refer  1 

GEI'JERjJlL  electric  company 



Schenectady,  H 

Ootober  19th, 



Mr.  Wm.  H.  Meadoworott ,  Sec'y 
Edison  Laboratory, 

Orange,  U.J. 

My  dear  Mr.  Meadoworoft:- 

Yesterday  i  received  an  invitation 

from  Mr.  Hutchison  to  attend  the  Edison  Lay 
celebration  at  the  Laboratory  on  the  Evening  of 
Ootober  21st. 

At  first  X  thought  it  practically 
impossible  to  break-away  from  business  and  wrote 
to  Hutchison  to  that  effect,  but  I  have  been 

told  not  to  let  that  stand  in  the  way  and  that  I 
should  attend.  Therefore,  I  shall  be  happy  to  be 
on  hand  and  Join  in  the  festivities  with  old  friends. 

As  Mr,  and  Mrs.  Edison  will, 

naturally.  not  to  ft..™*  «“  *“  F111  19  9“,1“‘ 
the  Laboratory  end  th.  d».tion  "9  ”  S,W90t,a' 

and  is  It  desirable  to  oome  clad  in  a  dress  suit,. 

or  will  any  old  thing  do? 

Of  course  I  want  to  appear  in 

proper  fo».  snit.bly  erooned  to,  tb.  oooasion,  but 
l0  not  nisb  to  see.  to  hat.  ot.rdono  the  natter  and 
it  loo*  as  thoneh  1  -a.  tryind  to  appear  better 


than  anybody  else,  by  being  rigged-up  in  some  highfalutin 

Will  you  kindly  give  me  a  tip, bo  that  I  may 
not  show  my  ignorance  by  doing  the  wrong  thing,  addressing 
'your  letter  to  me, in  oare  of  Mr.  l.B. Judson,  General  \ 

Electrio  Company,  30  Church  Street,  Hew  York  City.  I 

Sincerely  yours. 


dot.  20th.  1915. 

Mr.  Charles  1.  Clarke , 
Jc  General  ELectric  Co., 
SO  Church  Street, 

Hew  York  City. 

My  dear  Mr.  Clarke: 

I  am  in  receipt  of  your 

favor  of  the  19th  instant,  and  am  plad  to  learn 
that  you  are  coming  down  to  the  stunt  tomorrow 
night . 

he  to  coming  in  evening 
dress,  I  rather  think  that  some  of  the  people 
will  do  it,  while  there  will  be  many  others  who 
will  not.  It  is  a  matter  upon  which  one  cannot 
speak  positively,  as  each  person  will  do  as  they 
see  fit.  So  far  as  I  am  concerned,  I  shall  he 
here  in  my  business  clothes,  and  let  me  say  that 
so  far  as  you  are  concerned  you  will  be  just  as 
welcome  in  dress  suit,  business  clothes,  or  even 

V.ith  kindest  regards,  I 


Yours  very  truly, 


Schenectady,  H.Y. 

October  23rd ,  19X5 

Hr,  Wm.  H.  Meadoworoft,  Seo’y 
Edison  Laboratory, 

Orange,  H.J. 

Hy  dear  ’Hr.  Meadoworoft: 

I  wi3h  to  express  my  pleasure  at 
the  opportunity  of  being  present  at  the  Laboratory 
with  the  old  Edison  boys  on  the  Evening  of  October 
21st  to  listen  to  the  telephonic  conversation,  etc. 
bet ween  the  Laboratory  and  Mr.  Edison  in  San  Erancisoo. 

The  whole  affair  was  very  successful 
and  the  results  quite  astonishing  in  spite  of  the 
fact  that we  old  fellows  are  quite  accustomed  to  seeing 
the  seemingly  impossible  accomplished,  X  shall 

expect  to  receive  in  due  season  one  of  the  phonographic 
records  of  the  telephone  talk  that  evening. 

As  Mr.  Andrews  and  myself  occupy 
the  same  Office  in  the  Consulting  Engineering  Department 
here, and  otherwise  are  in  close  touch  in  regard  to  our 
various  affairs,  I  know  that  he  did  not  reoeivo  an 
invitation  to  be  present  on  the  occasion.  This,  I 
am  sure,  occurred  through  some  accidental  circumstance. 
Therefore,  although  he  was  not  in  a  position  to  be  present, 

I  am  taking  the  liberty, without  telling  him  anything  about  it, 


of  asking  whether  it  may  not  he  possible  to  do  him  the 
favor  of  also  receiving  one  of  the  phonographic  records 
when  ready  for  distribution,  which  X  know  he  would 
most  highly  appreciate. 

lours  very  truly. 


Oct.  25th.  1915. 

Ur.  Charles  1.  Clarke, 
Consulting  Engineering  Dept., 
General  Electric  Company, 
Schenectady,  H.  Y. 

Dear  Mr.  Clarke: 

I  am  in  receipt  of  your  esteemed  favor  of  the 
23rd  instant,  and  am  very  glad  to  learn  that  you  spent  such 
an  enjoyable  evening  at  the  Laboratory  on  Thursday  last.  Much 
to  my  regret,  there  was  very  little  opportunity  of  spending 
a  little  time  with  my  old  friends,  but  I  hope  we  shall  meet 
again  when  there  is  a  little  more  time  to  have  a  chat  over  old 
times . 

Mr*  Hutchison  and  I  are  chagrined  to  think  that 
Mr.  Andrews  did  not  receive  an  invitation,  and  for  my  part  X 
wish  you  would  express  to  Mr-  Andrews  my  great  : regret,  ihe 
trouble  is  that  the  whole  thing  was  done  in  a  tremendous  rush, 
in  fact  it  was  all  done  in  four  or  five  days,  and  under  such 
circumstances,  it  was  inevitable  that  some  “T3! /th^faot i" 
looked.  It  is  a  shame  to  confess  it,  but  such  is  the  raot.  i 
hope  Mr.  Andrews  will  kindly  forgive  me. 

Both  you  ana  he  will  receive  one  of  the  phono¬ 
graphic  records  containing  the  telephone  talk  and  the  musical 
selection  which  was  played  to  and  from  San  Francisco. 

V.ith  kindest  regards  to  j 

i  and  Mr.  Andrews,  I 


Yours  very  truly, 




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Edison  General  File  Series 
1915.  Family  (E-15-38) 

This  folder  contains  correspondence  and  other  documents  relating  to 
Edison's  family.  Included  are  items  pertaining  to  the  financial  affairs  of 
Thomas  A.  Edison,  Jr.,  and  William  L.  Edison,  the  sons  from  Edison's  first 
marriage.  Also  included  are  telegrams  regarding  son  Theodore's  trip  to  the 
Midwest  and  his  visit  to  Henry  Ford  in  July  1915.  A  letter  by  George  T.  Edson 
enclosing  a  genealogy  of  the  Edson  Family  contains  a  notation  by  Edison 
about  his  own  ancestors.  Other  correspondents  include  Edison's  uncle 
Fordice  W.  Edison;  his  niece  Nellie  Edison  Foyer;  Alice  Stilwell  Holzer,  his 
sister-in-law  by  his  first  marriage,  and  her  daughter  Mary  Edison  (Marne) 
Holzer;  and  laboratory  employee  George  L.  Ott. 

Approximately  50  percent  of  the  documents  have  been  selected.  The 
material  not  selected  consists  of  unsolicited  correspondence  from  non-family 
members,  letters  of  transmittal  and  acknowledgment,  communications 
pertaining  to  the  transfer  of  funds  to  Marion  Edison  Oeser  in  Freiburg, 
Germany,  and  other  routine  documents  relating  to  the  financial  and  business 
affairs  of  the  Edison  children.  Also  not  selected  is  a  series  of  letters 
discussing  the  disposition  of  a  bond  in  the  Union  Pacific  Railroad  owned  by 
Edison's  deceased  brother-in-law  Robert  A.  Miller. 


Hew  Smyrna, Florida,  April  20,1915 

Ur.  Thomas  A.Edison, 
East  Orange, II. J. 

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>ar  Haphew:-  x  ^  given  t0  uiss  Anna  Mllar  a 
*o  of  introduction  to  you.  X  have  hnown  Uiss  Uillar 
eng  and  favorably.  She  has  been  for  some  years  past 
evoloping  property  here  and  on  long  Island  wh  oh  is  her 
uinmer  home.  For  many  years  she  was  the  busines 
ianager  of  Theodore  Thomas  Chicago  Orchestra. 

;f  you  can  spare  a  few  moments  in  which  to  see  her  I 
ihall  oonsider  it  a  great  favor, 
loping  that  this  will  find  you  in  good  health  and 
bhanking  you  for  any  time  you  may  be  able  to  alio; 


Collectors  anO  aojugterg 

April  22^,  1915.  1  lx — - 7 TV 

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°“rilr:"  v.  uirfwffJ — 

We  are  taking  the  liberty  off  writing  won  in 
regard  to  a  small  item  of  indebtedness  against  [your  son,  V 

V/illiam  L.  iidison,  of  Morristown,  if.  J.  ,  which  was  con-  % 

tracted  by  him  while  a  resident  of  .Vashington,  some  ten 
years  ago.  The  indebtedness  is  due  Moses  t  Sons,  of  this  p 

Oity  for  furniture  purchased  of  them,  and  we  hold  his  note  JK 

in  the  form  of  a  contract  signed  by  him,  which  is  on  re-  ” 
cord  in  the  District  of  Columbia,  showing  a  total  indebt-  2 

edness,  including  interest  to  date,  to  bo  pl07.48.  Your  J>  < 

son  seems  to  be  inclined  to  ignore  the  matter  because  of  V  |5  ^ 

its  long  standing.  7/e  have  been  instructed  by  our  client  T1  S 

to  forward  the  claim  to  our  Atty.  in  Morris tov/n,  but  up-  t 
on  our  own  responsibility  we  are  taking  the  liberty  of  S.  r  5 

writing  this  letter  in  the  hope  that  you  may  induce  him  }2  [ 

to  settle  this  indebtedness  in  an  amicable  way.  The  va-  ^ 

lldlty  of  this  claim  is  unquestionable,  and  knowing  your  ^ 

general  reputation  for  honorable  dealings  we  believe  a 
word  from- you  to  your  son  would  save  annoyance  and  liti-  *r 

gation,  which  means  additional  cost.  May  wo  not  have  ?  a 

your  cooperation  in  handling  this  matter. 

Thanking  you  in  advance  for  any  interest  you  &  h 
may  take  in  the  matter,  we  are,  V  ft 

Host  truly  yours,  +s\f\ 

The  Hationak>Ad justment  Agency  ' 

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April  26th.  1915. 

G!hs  national  Adjustment  Agency, 

518  Colorado  Building, 

Washington ,  B.  C. 


I  am  in  receipt  of  your  favor 
of  the  22nd  instant  in  regard  to  an  in¬ 
debtedness  of  ray  son  William  X..  Edison 
to  Mo Be  a  &  Sons  of  your  city. 

Bet  me  suggest  that  you  write 
to  ray  3 on  and  threaten  suit.  Throw  a 
scare  into  him.  ,  I  am  trying  to  break  him 
of  his  hahit  of  ^gning  in  debt . 

Send  ms  a  copy  of  whit  you  write  , 
and  also  a  oopy  of  the  account  of  Moses 
&  Sons  and  his  note ,  end  if  it  is  nil  right 
I  will  send  j|pu  a  check. 

Tours  very  truly. 

Ur.  Thomas  A.  Edison, 

Orange,  H.  J. 

Dear  Sir; 

Your  letter  of  April  16th  with  chock  for  $5.00 
enclosed  for  Mr.  Edison  received.  I  delivered  same 

to  the  old  couple  at  once  and  can  assure  you  it  was 
greatly  appreciated  as  the  enclosed  note  from  Mrs.  Edison 

Thanking  you  for  considering. my  appeal  in  their 
behalf,  I  am, 

Very  truly  yours 

p.  0.  Box  285,- 
Monroe,  V/ash. 


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^  May  6,  1915. 

Mr.  Thomas  A.  Edison, 

Orange,  E.  J. 

Dear  Mr.  Edison: - 

We  are  this  morning  in  receipt  of  your 

two  oheoks  covering  your  son's  indebtedness  to  Moses  & 
Sons  in  the  sum  of  $81.10,  receipt  of  which  is  hereby 
acknowledged  with  thanks. -  We  can  not  express  to  you 
our  appreciation  of  your  honorable  action  in  this  mat¬ 
ter,  and  we  are  very  happy  to  report  the  matter  olOBed 
to  our  olient. 

Most  truly  yours. 

The  Rational  Adjustment  Agenoy 

Per^<^^g.^gy  <g 

Hay  IV  tli.  191 

jteker  a  company,  Inc., 

54  Austin  Street , 

"ewark.  H.  J. 


Knolo:-ei  herewith  I  beg  to  hand 
you  a  small  package  of  rlatumun  scrap  *ioh 
we  have  taken  from  some  old  experimental  lamps. 
5his  belongs  to  Hr.  Charles  Edison.  Will  yon 
please  send  me  a  check  to  the  order  of  Charles 
Edison  for  the  value  of  1h is  sorap>;: 

*our  very  truly. 

Assistant  to  !’r.  Edison. 

Q/yvfrym o 

June  30th,  1915. 

Mr.  T.  A.  Edison,  Jr., 

Dear  Sir:- 

I  have  today  received  from  onr 
Pattern  Shop,  patterns  for  Manifold  and  Signal 
Plate  as  per  your  Drawing. 

Kindly  advise  how  many  eastings 
to  order  from  each  Pattern  and  oblige. 

Yours  vary  truly, 

Edison  Laboratory. 

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iaportant.  Please  answer  telegraph 

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ABRAHAM  SHAW  came  from  Kent,  England,  settling  at  Dedham,  Mass. 
A  tradition  says  he  was  the  son  of  an  English  gentleman.  He  married  June  24, 
1616,  Bridget,  daughter  of  Henry  Best.  She  was  born  April  9,  1692. 

Their  daughter  Susanna  married  Nicholas  Byram. 

Edson  Family 

THOMAS  EDSON  was  born  in  Adderbury,  Oxfordshire,  England,  about 
14 SO.  The  family  was  old  in  England,  as  the  ending  -son  denotes  Saxon  or  Dan¬ 
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2  Margaret 

RICHARD  EDSON  1  had  three  children.  His  wife’s  name  was  Agnes.  He 
was  buried  in  1658. 

11  Christiana 

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131  Elizabeth,  Aug.  21, 1662 

132  Nicholas.  Oct  28,  1665 

133  Richard,  K  May  9, 1668 

134  Thomas,  Sep.  7, 1672 

185  William,  U  Nov.  1,  1676.  t  Nov.  22, 1676 
THOMAS  EDSON  134  married  Elizabeth  Copson  Nov.  1,  1696.  Their  child¬ 
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1841  William,  U  Mar.  4,  1698 

1342  Anna,  f  Aug.  22,  1602 1 

1343  Nicholas,  fl  Mar.  6, 1607 

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WE-  faxdq 

July  29th,  X9X5. 

Mr.  I.  A.  Edison,  Jr. , 

H.  J. 

Bear  Mr.  Edison: - 

I  have  Bhipped  one  casting  of  the 
Manifold  by  express  to  Steven3  on  Monday,  July  26th-5, 
and  the  other  two  on  Wednesday  28-15.  I  think  you 
will  find  these  very  good  oastinga. 

I  am  very  sorry  1  could  not  get 
these  oastings  to  you  sooner,  "but  the  first  oastinga 
the  foundry  made  were  very  poor,  and  they  said  the 
oore  was  to  big  for  the  print  of  the  Pattern,  so  we 
had  the  pattern  returned  and  oheokod  it  over  again,  and 
found  a  mistake  in  one  oore  box.  We  oc^eoted  tthis, 
sent  it  baok  to  the  foundry  and  they  had  no  trouble 
whatever  in  making  the  oastings.  '  So  fee  trouble  was 
not  in  the  foundry  but  in  a  mistake  made  by  the  pattern 

If  you  need  any  more  of  these  oast¬ 
ings,  kindly  let  no  know,  as  this  is  no  trouble  whatever 
to  me. 

She  patterns  are  O.E.  now  and  I  oan 
get  oastings  from  the  foundry  in  about  throe  days. 

Sinoerely  yourB, 

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Bear  Sir: 

Our  reoords  Show  that  Mr.  Charlea  EdlBon 
beoame  twenty-five  years  of  age  on  August  3rd,  19X6, 
and  we  are  therefore  writing  to  advise  you  that  pursu¬ 
ant  to  the  terms  of  the  trust  indenture  executed  hy 
you  for  hiB  benefit,  dated  June  26th,  1907,  we  shall 
hereafter  remit  in  quarterly  instalments  to  l£r.  CharleB 
Edison  two-thirds  of  the  net  inoome  and  interest  ool- 
leoted  and  received  eaoh  year  hy  this  Oompany  as  trustee 
unAer  said  indenture;  the  remaining  one-third  of  said 
net  inoome  and  interest  we  shall  remit  to  you  in  quarter¬ 

ly  instalments. 

Very  truly  yours. 

Assistant  Crust  Offioer. 

My  dear  Father-; 

Dr. C.P.O?Coimel,one  of  our  leading  Id^ggests  and  citizens 
of  Morristown, has  just  received  apL^tps  ashing 

him  to  take  on  the  Edison  agencyxor  this  piaoe. 

He  came  to  see  me.-sfs— soorf  as  he  received  the  letter  and  he 
stated  that  he  would  go  into  it  providea'Tp/ent  into, partnership  with  him. 

His  store  is  situated  in  tihe  fin^t  location  to  be  had  here 
and  he  is  willing  to  devote  half  of  same\fo)r  the^Etti-son  ihop. 

To  remodel  the  place  so  as  to  make/1 t  suitable  for  our  needs 
would  cost  but  very  little.  Dr  O’Bonnei  woubd  of  course  meet  his  half  of 

all  expenses, will  take  care  of  the  finances  and  his~bookkeeper  would  see  that 
all  accounts  are  kept  in  business  like  shape.If  I  can  be  assured  of  my  half 
of  the  actual  money  needed  to  open  up, we  could  go  ahead  right  away. 

At  the  very  outset  I  could  use  both  my  cylinder  and  disc  for 
demonstrating  purposes  and  only  a  stock  of  records  need  be  purchased  at  once. 

The  Doctor  is  very  well  off  financially  and  we  can  command 
as  much  credit  as  we  desire  but  when  the  few  bills  for  actual  work  done  comes 
in  I  want  to  be  able  to  meet  my  share.  This  amount  will  not  be  much  as  I 
have  been  to  see  about  much  of  the  work  that  would  have  to  ie  done  and  the 
cost  will  be  under  three  hundred  dollars  which  includes  the  electric  sign, 
shelves  for  records, floor  covering, chairs  and  remodelling  show  window. 

The  fixed  expenses  would  be-rent  $36. 00, light  about$12.00  and  the  heat 
goes  with  the  rent. 

Dr.O’Connels  assistant  would  take  charge  during  the  mornings, the  Doctor 
and  myself  in  the  afternoons  and  night  and  when  we  can, we  propose  to  do 
outside  work  as  we  both  have  cars. 

The  Doctor  has  an  advertising  contract  with  the  local  papers  ad 
and  at  a  greatly  reduced  price  and  we  proposes  to  use  this  at  the  outset 

Should  you  desire, the  Doctor  and  myself  will  run  down  and  have 
a  talk  with  you  or  any  one  that  you  may  designate. 

On  the  otherhand  there  is  a  dandy  little  store  close  by  the  one 
I  am  speaking  of, which  I  can  get  at  a  very  reasonable  rental  and  while 
very  small  is  large  enough  for  the  purpose  and  I  could  take  this  on  with 
no  partner  and  at  an  expenditure  of  less  that  two  hundred.  This  store 
is  near  the  Victor: people  and  of  course  would  be  exclusively  phonographs 
and  not  a  combination  of  drugfe  and  talking  machines. 

If  I  can  pay  the. first  two  months  rent, fit  the  place  up  so  as 
to  make  a  decent  appearance, with  my  own  two  machines  and  a  small  stock 
of  records, I  beleive  I  can  rnaxe  a  go  of  it  here^as  Morristown  has  no 
decent  place  where  theyhandle  the  Edison  goods. 

Could  you  send  someone  up  here  to  maxe  a  report  to  you  on  the 
proposition  and  to  state  what  is  necessary  to  do. 

Winter  is  coming  on  and  I  have  done  all  that  I  can  do  on  the 
farm  and  I  certainly  yould  like  to  have  southing  to  do  and  somtlung  that 
will  keep  me  buisy.  If  it  was  not  for  tne  payment  on  my  car  I  think 

I  would  have  . been  able  to  finance  the  thing  myself  but  as  it  is  I  am  not 


in  position  to  do  much  and  I  feel  that  if  I  could  once  get  a  start, I  would 
be  able  to  make  a  success  as  Morristown  is  a  fine  field  for  such  a  business 
and  I  could  command  the  trade  that  Mew  York  City  gets  from  the  people  here 
who  are  compelled  to  purchase  there  or  go  without. 

There  is  a  turning  podrfct  in  everybody’s  life  so  be  kind  enough  not 
not  to  consider  what  I  may  do  in  the  future  with  some  of  my  past  performance. 

I  cant  do  more  that  try  to  make  this  thing  a  success  and  frankly  I 
would  like  to  have  this  chance.  I  have  spoken  to  Charles  and  others  about 
this  Morristown  proposition  but  so  far  nothing  has  ever  been  done  and  as  this 
is  the  present  situation, I  would  like  to  do  it  myself. 

If  I  took  it; myself  I  could  get  a  young  man  to  open  up  in  the  morning 
and  take  charge  myself  from  noon  until  ten  at  night  as  most  of  this  kind  of 
business  is  done  in  the  evening  after  the  men  return  from  the  city. 

I  await  your  decision  on  the  matter  and  hope  tnat  it  will  be  favorable 




Brictson  Mfg.  Co., 
Brookings,  S.  Dak. 

Dear  Sir:  - 

Your  favor  of  the  3rd  Inst  was 
await  ing  me  at  the  Laboratory,  upon  ray  return  from  a 
business  trip  and  in  reply  beg  to  say  that  I  accept  your 
offer  as  stated  in  your  letter  and  you  may  send  me 
the  two  steel  studded  tires  especially  the  Gauiois  and 
Engjebert  as  we  seem  to  be  experts  in  the  art  of  tearing 
off  the  studs  and  once  this  begins  it  is  goodbye  to  the 

Your  method  of  attaching  the  studs  seems  to  bo 
quite  different  from  others  arri  of  course  thi  s  may  .make 
the  different  compared  to  others. 

The  party  who  is  using  your  Treads  is  named 
Stanley  Barber  and  a  letter  addressed  to  him,  care  of 
Thos.  A.  Bison  Inc.,  Orange,  H.  J. ,  will  reach  him  when 
he  returns  from  his  vaction  as  I  nave  been  informed  that 
he  left  last  Saturday  on  a  fishing  trip  to  oe  gone  about 
two  weeks. 

Ir  your  ti  res  are  what  we  hope  they  are,  you 
can  look  forward  to  quite  a  fey/  orders  and  I  wouldlike 
further  information  as  to  the  prices  others  will  have  to 
pay  and  whatever  information  you  have  as  to  guarantee,  etc 
so  that  when  the  interested  party  v/ants  full  particulars, 

I  will  have  the  full  data. 

Very  truly  you  rs, 

g/i54B  W.  L.  Edison 

P.  S.  If  I  find  your  tire3  0.  K.  v/hnt  about  an  Eastern 
Distributing  Agency  with  plenty  of  financial  backing  to 
push  the  tires?  Via  have  some  young  fellows  around  here 
looking  for  a  good  proposition. 


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Deo.  27th,  1915. 

My  Dear  George 

The  castings  arrived  0.  K.  and  I  want  to  thank  you  very 
kindly  for  same,  I  certainly  was  mighty  glad  to  receive  them. 

Now  george  about  the  Die;  if  you  will  please  ask  Mr.  Luhr  for  it  and 
send  it  to  me  at  the  above  address,  I  will  certainly  appreciate  it,  for 
I  want  them  to  hustle  this  job  through  as  soon  as  they  possibly  can. 

Will  probably  run  overvto  the  Laboratory  some  day  this  week  and  thank 

you  personallyfor  your  interest. 
With  kind  regards,  I  am 

Yours  very  faithfully 

jtomao  - - 

Deo.  28th,  1915. 

Hr.  T.  A.  Edison,  Jr., 

36  West  55th  St. , 

II on  York  City. 

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In  accordance  with  your  re¬ 
quest  of  the  27th  instant,  I  am  shipping  to-day  by 
’.Tells  Fargo  Express  Die  for  your  castings,  which  I 
trust  you  will  receive  promptly. 

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Edison  General  File  Series 
1915.  Financial  (E-15-40) 

This  folder  contains  correspondence  and  other  documents  relating  to 
payments,  receipts,  stocks  and  bonds,  statements,  and  other  aspects  of 
Edison's  financial  affairs.  Many  of  the  documents  were  handled  by  Harry  F. 
Miller,  Edison's  private  secretary  and  treasurer  of  several  of  his  companies. 
Included  is  correspondence  with  the  accounting  firm  of  Lybrand  Ross  Bros. 
&  Montgomery  concerning  Edison’s  income  tax  liability.  Also  included  is  a 
draft  letter  from  Edison  to  Henry  P.  Davison,  partner  in  J.  P.  Morgan  &  Co., 
in  regard  to  financing  for  chemical  production. 

Less  than  10  percent  of  the  documents  have  been  selected.  The 
unselected  items  consist  primarily  of  letters  of  transmittal  and 
acknowledgment,  along  with  unsolicited  offers  of  financial  products, 
information,  and  advice. 

Additional  items  pertaining  to  Edison's  income  tax  can  be  found  in 
Richard  W.  Kellow  File,  Personal  Income  Tax  Return  for  1914  (1915)  [env. 
96A]  (Legal  Series). 

Lybrand  Ross  Bros.  &,  Montgomery 

Certified  Public  Accountants 

ss  Liberty  Street 

25th  May,  1915. 

Mr.  K.  F.  Miller, 

Care  Thomas  A.  Edison,  Inc. , 

Orange,  New  Jersey. 

Dear  Mr.  Miller 

In  pursuance  of  the  writer's  conversation 
with  Mr.  Schuit  on  the  telephone,  we  are  sending  you 
enclosed  copies  of  an  interchange  of  letters  with 
Mr.  Berggren  early  last  year  with  reference  to  in¬ 
come  tax  payable  by  Mr.  Edison  on  payments  to  him 
by  Thomas  A.  Edison,  Inc. 

Very  truly  yours, 




9tli  January,  1914. 

Ur.  E.  J.  Berggran,  Treasurer, 

Thomas  A.  Edison,  Ino. , 

Orange,  New  Jersey. 

Dear  Ur.  Berggren: 

I  have  yours  of  the  8th. 

1  -  If  $100,000.00  paid  to  Ur.  Edison  re¬ 

presents  an  amount  due  him  prior  to 
Uaroh  1st,  1913,  or  credited  to  him 
since  then  for  loans  mqde  to  the  In¬ 
corporated  Company  (and  not  for  ser¬ 
vices)  he  would  not  have  to  pay  any 
income  tax  thereon. 

2  -  If  $100,000.00  is  paid  to  Ur.  Edison  hy 

the  Incorporated  Company  as  a  loan  to 
him,  he'  would  not  have  to  pay  any  tax 

3  -  If  $100,000.00  is  paid  to  Ur.  Edison  for 

services,  he  will  have  to  pay  1  per  cent, 
tax  thereon  (hy  the  Incorporated  Con^any 
deducting  it,)  and  the  super-tax. 

4  -  If  $100,000.00  is  paid  to  him  as  a  dividend 

hy  the  Incorporated  Company,  he  will  not 
have  to  pay  the  1  per  cent,  tax  hut  he 
will  have  to  pay  the  super-tax. 

If  this  does  not  answer  the  questions  you 
have  in  mind,  please  advise  me. 

Very  truly  yours, 




Orange, N.  J.  ,U.  S.A. 

January  8,  1914 

“r*  Wtond  Ross  Bros.  &  Montgomery, 

'  55  Liberty  St. , 

New  York  City. 

Dear  Mr,  Ly Brand: 

Mr,  Edison  is  not  quite  clear 


you^ interpret  the  Law,  for  example: 

r  sSot.’i™. 

as  a  dividend." 
and  as  another  example: 

"What  would  he  have  to  pay  on  $100,000.00 
not  declared  as  a  dividend. 

When  I  say  what  Mr.  Edison  has 

.M.p.r.ti™  —I*  w- 

very  truly  yours, 


(Rimed)  E.  J.  Berggren 



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Edison  General  File  Series 
1915.  Ford,  Henry  (E-1 5-41) 

This  folder  contains  correspondence  and  other  documents  concerning 
Edison’s  friendship  and  collaboration  with  industrialist  Henry  Ford.  Among  the 
documents  for  1915  are  letters  relating  to  the  Edison  Day  event  at  the 
Panama-Pacific  Exposition  in  San  Francisco.  Also  included  are  items 
pertaining  to  Ford's  attempt  to  organize  a  peace  mission  to  end  the  war  in 
Europe.  Although  Edison  rejected  Ford's  invitation  to  join  the  mission,  he  did 
indicate  his  support  by  witnessing  the  departure  of  the  "Peace  Ship"  S.S. 
Oscar  in  December.  A  letter  from  Carl  Laemmle,  president  of  Universal  Film 
Manufacturing  Co.  (later  Universal  Studios),  expresses  sympathy  for  Ford's 
efforts  "to  stop  the  most  frightful  slaughter  in  the  history  of  the  world."  Other 
correspondents  include  automobile  executive  Charles  E.  Sorensen,  who 
refers  to  Theodore  Edison's  visit  to  the  Ford  plant  in  July,  and  New  York  City 
civic  leader  Robert  E.  Ely,  who  writes  about  Edison's  attendance  at  a  banquet 
at  Carnegie  Hall  to  accept  the  Civic  Forum  Medal  of  Honor  for  Distinguished 
Public  Service. 

Approximately  20  percent  of  the  documents  have  been  selected.  The 
unselected  material  consists  primarily  of  requests  for  introductions  to  Ford 
and  other  unsolicited  correspondence  concerning  his  celebrated  friendship 
with  Edison.  Also  not  selected  are  telegrams  by  Ford’s  personal  secretary, 
Ernest  G.  Liebold,  and  Edison’s  assistant,  William  H.  Meadowcroft,  that 
duplicate  the  material  from  the  Henry  Ford  Museum  published  in  Thomas  A. 
Edison  Papers  Digital  Edition,  X001 B2. 

Documents  relating  to  Ford  can  also  be  found  in  E-1 5-20  (Cigarettes), 
E-1 5-37  (Exhibitions),  and  other  folders  in  the  Edison  General  File. 


Ward  Motor  Vehicle  Co. 

and  General  Offices 

r  Vernon.  N.  Y. 

3700-1  MT.  VERNON 
Idrcss:  “WAMOVECO 




Nn)  York  Gty  S.l„  Room. 

Cable  Adieu-  ■'WAMOVECO' 

Mr.  Thomas  A.  Edison, 

Edison  Storage  Battery  Company, 

Orange ,  1\T.  J. 

My  dear  Mr.  Edison: 

Please  accept  my  sincere  thanks  for  the 
letter  of  introduction  to  Mr.  Henry  Ford. 

It  was  my  privilege  some  time  ago  to  see 
a  part  of  Mr.  Ford's  factory,  hut  more  than  all 
this  I  wished  to  have  the  pleasure  of  meeting  him 

Again  with  thanks,  believe  me, 

Very  sincerely  yours, 

Secretary -Treasurer. 



19  15 

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Orange  1 

Dear  Ur  uendowcroft  :>' 

I  have  your^l 
sending  one  of  e 

in  talking  it  ^ 

ask  you  if  you  *cow?n|t1^^^^to^^^W^^ uSwa  Y^U'w-l-'K 
your  best  men  to  JT* 

our  factory,  and  tlahdts  o^r  various  supe^inte^ents^and^ 
department  managers. 

We  have  so  many  who  contribute  to  the  efficiency 
of  our  plant  that  it  would  hardly  be  worth  while  to  send 
one  man  who  might  be  thoroughly  familiar  with  only  one 
branch  of  work. 

I  assure  you  we  will  do  all  in  our  power  to  take 
care  of  them,  and  if  you  will  advise  me  by  return  mail,  v;e 
will  endeavor  to  arrange  for  their  coming. 

Very  truly  yours. 

Secretary  to  HENRY 

Automobile  ■Manufacturers 

We  are  enclosing  for  your  approval,  some 
Copies  of  the  Safety  and  Health  Bulletin  recently  intro 
duced  into  the  shops  of  this  company. 

We  shall  be  glad  to  place  your  name  on  our 
regular  mailing  list,  and  trust  that  you  will  favor  us 
with  an  exchange,  i.f  you  have  any  such  publication  in 
existence.  Thanking  you,  we  are. 





My  dear  Mr.  Edison:  — 

While  in  New  York  a  few  days  ago,  I  had  the  pleasure  of 
meeting  Mr.  Shinzo  Takaki,  Assistant  Manager  of  Mitsui 
&  Company,  ltd.,  and  was  pleased  to  find  that  Mr.  Takaki 
is  interested  in  the  CATERPILLAR,  on  account  of  you  having 
kindly  called  his  attention  to  the  same,  and  for  which 
please  accept  our  thanks.  We  are  in  hopes  that  we  may 
he  able  to  conclude  some  satisfactory  arrangements  with 
Mr.  Takaki' sr'flrm  at  Borne  future  time. 

We  had  an  in4uiry  from  Mr.  Henry  Eord,  addressed  to  one  of 
our  Western  plants,  which  was  forwarded  to  the  writer  for 
attention,  and  in  reply  to  same,  I  took  the  liberty  of 
referring  Mr.  Ford  to  you  with  regard  to  this  matter. 






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Kr  Edison  expects  to  attend,  and 
you  will  give  me  whatever  information  regarding  the 
above  you  can  in  order  that  I  may  convey  the  same  t< 
tir  Ford. 

Very  truly  youre, 

Secretary  to  HENRY  FORD' 


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Dear  Mr  Meadowcroft: 

Some  time  ago  we  received  from  you  a 
shipment  of  motor  parte  for  Edison  phonograph,  but 
Mr  Sorenson  tells  me  today  that  you  overlooked  sending 
one  of  the  large  horns.  As  it  is  necessary  to  have 
one,  we  would  like  very  much  if  you  would  kindly  ex¬ 
press  one  on  receipt  of  this  letter. 

Thanking  you  for  your  attention  to  the 


Hr  W  H  Keadov/croft  APril  27  *9*5 

Assistant  to  Hr  Edison 
Orange  M  J 

Dear  Hr  Keadoncroft: 

I  sm  enclosing  herein  copy  of  a 
letter  received  from  Hr  Ely  whom  I  have  advised  that  Hr 
Ford  would  attend  the  meeting  on  Hay  6th  provided  Hr 
Edison  were  there. 

Will  you  kindly  let  me  know  if  Hr  Edison 
changes  his  mind  as  Ur  Ford  said  he  would  be  very  glad 
to  attend  provided  he  would  be  there. 

Very  truly  yours 

Secretary  to  HENRY  FORD 

ThbGter  was  dictated  fey 

Mr.  UcbaU.  but  he  was 
obliged  to  leave  the  olflc* 



The  Civic  Forum 
Robert  Erekine  Ely,  Director 
147  »  48th  Street 
Hew  York  City 

April  23,  1915 

Honry  Ford,  Esq. 

Detroit,  Hich. 

My  denr  Hr  Ford: 

It  is  e  greet  pleasure  to  receive  the  letter  from 
your  secretory  saying  that  if  Hr  Edison  comes  to  the  meeting 
in  his  honor  under  the  auspices  of  The  Civic  Forum,  on  Thursday 
evening,  Hay  6th,  you  will  be  happy  to  accept  our  invitation. 

Our  plans  are  being  made  on  the  definite  expectation  h 
that  Hr  Edison  will  be  present.  He  has  not  himself  promised  to 
come  but  Hrs.  Edison  feels  that  he  ought  to  and  she  will  move 
heaven  and  earth  to  bring  him.  He  will  not  be  called  upon  to 
make  any  speech  and  he  is  not  now  under  so  great  a  stress  of 
work  as  he  was  a  short  time  ago.  His  closest  friends  in  this 
part  of  the  country  will  be  guests  at  this  meeting  and  the 
meeting  will  have  such  significance  that  Hrs.  Edison  feels  tht 
it  will  be  impossible  for  him  to  stay  away. 

If  he  should  be  taken  ill  or  seized  v/ith  some  new 
creative  impulse  of  such  an  absorbing  kind  that  nothing  could 
take  him  from  it,  Mrs.  Edison  would  then  be  obliged  to  accept 
the  Medal  as  his  representative.  Aside  from  this  contingency, 
which  seems  remote,  we  definitely  count  on  Hr.  Edison's  re¬ 
ceiving  in  person  the  Medal  of  Honor. 

We  shall  be  most  happy  to  welcome  you  among  the  other 
guests,  many  of  whom  ore  coming  from  more  or  less  distent  parts 
of  the  country. 

Believe  me,  with  great  regard, 

Yours  very  truly 

(Sgd)  Robert  Erskine  Ely 

Aulomobilo  Manufooluro 

Botrolt.U.SA.  Apr  27  1915 

ivlr  Thomas  A  liaison 


Hew  Jersey 

We  are  sending  you  under  separate 
cover  seven  photographs.  These  Were  taken  on 
Ivlr  Ford's  country  place  at  Dearborn,  and  he 
requested  the  writer  to  remind  you  that  they 
are  pictures  of  the  power  house  for  which  you 
laid  :he  corner  stone. 

Very  truly  yours , 


Shot ographip^D  opt 


Mr  \1  H  Meadowcroft 
Edison  Storage  Battery  Co 
Orange  R  J 

Ky  dear  Mr  Mead owe roft: 

I  have  your  telegram  in  answer  to 
my  night  letter  with  reference  to  Mr  Ford's  attend¬ 
ance  at  a  meeting  of  the  Civic  Forum. 

Mr  Ford  asked  me  a  few  days  ago  to 
keep  closely  in  touch  with  this  matter,  and  for  that 
reason  I  wrote  you  asking  whether  or  not  Hr  Edison 
had  changed  his  mind,  and  upon  receipt  of  your  1 etter 
stating  that  you  would  let  me  know  if  he  changed  his 
mind,  X  dismissed  the  matter  temporarily  until  I  re¬ 
ceived  a  letter  from  Mr  Ely  in  which  he  BtRted  that 
you  were  authorized  by  Mrs  Edison  to  say  that  Mr  Edison 
expected  to  be  present  on  Thursday. 

Immediately  upon  receipt  of  this,  I  sent 
you  a  night  letter  and  your  reply  to  this  was  not  of 
course  received  until  this  morning,  whereupon  X  immediate¬ 
ly  brought  the  matter  to  Mr  Ford's  attention,  also  asking 
him  if  he  had  received  your  telegram,  to  which  he  replied 
"No”,  and  I  immediately  endeavored  to  get  you  on  the  long 
distance  phone. 

At  this  writing  the  message  haB  not  yet 
reached  us,  and  I  have  consequently  taken  the  matter  up 
with  the  manager  of  the  local  office  and  requested  him 
to  return  the  message  with  instructions  to  refund  the 
charge  on  the  same  to  you.  This  I  believe  will  stir  thorn 
up  a  little  in  making  future  deliveries  to  us,  particularly 
in  view  of  the  fact  that  we  have  a  private  line  to  the 
factory  office  over  which  it  should  have  been  sent  when  they 
failed  to  receive  any  response  at  the  residence. 

19  15 

Ur  W  H  Meadowcroft 
Assistant  to  Thomas  A  Edison 
Orango  N  J 

Ky  dear  Ur  Ueadowcroft : 

I  have  your  letter  of  May  l8th,  advising 
that  the  motion  picture  film  of  l£r  Edison  receiving  con¬ 
gratulations  on  his  birthday  1b  being  expressed  to  Ur 

I  shall  be  very  glad  to  see  that  this  is 
given  attention  upon  arrival,  and  with  best  regards,  I 

Ur  W  H  Meadoworoft  \l 

Edison  Storage  Battery  Co 
Orange  N  J 

Dear  Ur  Keadoweroft: 

I  beg  to  advise  that  the  total  number 
of  cars  shipped  during  the  month  of  Kay  was  47,436- 
This  with  the  previous  numbers  quoted  in  our  previous 
mtirl  makes  the  aggregate  sum  of  259,625  cars  shipped 
since  August  1,  1914. 

You  will  note  that  v/e  will  have  no  diffi¬ 
culty  in  reaching  the  300,000  mark,  as  it  calls  for  only 
about  20,000  during  June  and  July,  and  it  is  more  lixejy 
that  we  will  go  considerably  beyond  300,000  by  August  1 , 


Vie  are  consequently  bending  our  efforts 
towards  building  500,000  cars  for  1916. 


^  .  P  ■ 

Part  Huron, Michigan, 

June  17,1915. 

Mr.  Thomas  A.  Edison, 

Dear  Sir:- 

You  no  doubt  have  forgotten  me  by  now, but  X  am 
Edward  Eowler.of  Liverpool, England, the  last  one  who  saw  Chas. 
Edison  over  there. 

He  telegraphed  for  me  to  meet  him  at  Liverpool. 

I  am  an  old  Port  Huron  boy,  son  of  Thomas  Fowler. 

I  onme  over  just  before  the  war  started  and  don't  like  to 
venture  back  while  the  war  is  on  and  there  is  no  employment 
to  be  had  in  Port  Huron.  Would  you  kindly  give  me  a  letter 
of  introduction  to  your  friend, Mr.  Ford  in  Detroit?  I  have 
no  trade, but  I  am  handy  at  everything  and  would  like  to  have 

1  would  thank  you  very  much  if  you  could  help  me. 
Yours  respectfully. 

Edward  Marthall 
70  Morningside  Drive 
New  York  City 

THE  BIGGEST  U«“*  ^ 

lJtLCi  JDAVJVJI^oj.  «— 



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*  The  Indianapolis  Star 

The  New  York  Times  ( 
The  Pittsburgh  Dispatch 
The  Detroit  Free  Press 
The  Los  Angeles  Times 

Hear  Yeadowcrof t: 

Your  letter  of  June  30th  , 

Peg  Leg  to  death.  1  always  1: - 

been  sorry  that  I  never  knew  her. 

I  am  re-enclosing  the  letter  from  T;  Uncle f 

^keWhIs  «SyentoUfhiB°irttert0through  me.  We  could  then  publish.,  £  v 
S£  the  letter  and  the  reply,  of  course  mailing  one  to  7.V.S.A.  &  P  U 
at  the  same  time .  (  ~  ■ 

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—iSfsSiSi;-"  4 

^1  JTTaid  the  major  portion  of  the  material  forf the  hook 

v„  ,rr  -n>ord  which  is  to  go  out  under  the  general  tidle  °f  Help 
the^ther  fellow".  It  will  he  written  as  rapidly  as  possible  and 

wMrnmmM- , 

Edward  Manhall 
70  Morningtide  Drive 
New  York  City 



Used  Regularly  by: 

The  New  York  Times 

The  Pittsburgh  Dispatch  „ 

The  Detroit  Free  Press  “*■" 

The  Los  Angeles  Times 

The  Boston  Post 
The  St.  Louis  Republic 
The  Indianapolis  Star 
And  Others 

sufficiently  complete  copy  for  that  purpose. 

wm  you  please  tell  Ur.  Edison  that  my  enthusiasm  for  Ur. 

Pord  has  instantly  increased  since  the  day  I  first  me t  him  and 
will  you  please  tell  him  further  that  Mr.  Ford  has  asked  me  to 
call  his  attention  to  the  progress  of  the  investigative  hole  which 
is  hein/z  drilled  upon  the  Ford  property.  The  last  time  I  went  out 
to  this  we^r they  had  reached  a  depth  of  574  feet,  having  passed 
through  limestone ,  a feet  of  ^  salt,  and  some 
irrani te .  They  were  in  the  sandstone  when  I  was  t^®re* 
course  of  the  drilling  they  had  penetrated  a  c°nsi^able P  The 

filled  with  highly  sulphurous  water  at  a  very  low  pressure.  The 
damsmell  is  perceptible  at  a  distance  of  three-quarters  a  . 

if  the  breeze  happens  to  be  right.  There  is  a  good- 
ment  in  the  neighborhood  where  the  natives,' “the  idea^t’ the 
brain  and  touch  truly  magic,  are  imbued  with  the  idea  that  the 
hole  is  beinp*  dug  with  some  secret  motive  in  mind  and  that  he  has 
reason  to  befieve  that  it  will  develop  the  discovery of  some *  vast 
treasure,  either  of  solid  minerals— even  gold— natural  gas  or  oil. 

A  visit  to  the  pumphouse  is  likely  to  oe  amusing.  The  moment  Ur. 
Ford  appears  everybody  falls  into  silence  on  v-hese  matters »  _ 

M  aa  y._  a 4- e»ti a  out  s.  ffrouB  of  four  or  five  curious  country-* 
men  is  sure  to  begin  a  rehearsal  of  these  fascinating  speculttions . 

The  whole  attitude  of  the  countryside  toward  Mr.  Ford  is  high¬ 
ly  interesting.  Not  a  farmer  in  the  section  ^utbelieveshe 
could  have  done  all  that  Henry  Ford  has  done,  if  he  had  only 
happened  to  think  of  it  first.  One  man  explained  to  me  that  the 
brains  of  the  Ford  concern  really  were  not  Mr.  ^ds  butUr . 
Edison's  and  that  he  had  private  information  to  that  effe°t»  ]>ut 
on  the  whole  it  is  probably  true  that  only _one  c**1*®"  ha!_  v 

achieved  so  much  of  respect  and  affection  from  the  peopleof^ia-,  ft. 
own  neighborhood  as  have  been  achieved  by  Mr.  Ford.  ly  is  not  a 
case  of  a  prophet  who  is  without  honor  in  his  own  country. 

He  has  just  installed  his  ultra-something  microscope  and  with 
it  is  preparing  to  make  various  investigations.  I  understand  it  is 
the  most  powerful  dnstirunient  of  its  kind  in  tbis  country.  Char- 
acter?stic  Independents  of  method  is  shown  by  the  fact  that  he  has 
put  in  charge  of  it,  not  a  celebratedraicroscopist  from  some  un 

iversity,  but  a  man  from  the  Ford  Works  whom  he  judges  t°^e  in¬ 
telligent  and  who  is  learning- microscopy  as  fast  as  he  can,  having 

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Young  Mr.  Edison  was  in  the  plant  yesterday,  together  with 
Mr.  Ford  and  myself.  One  of  the  things  he  ran  across  which  attracted 
attentionmiB^a  department  in  which  we  make  our  coil  unit  boxes  from 
our  waste  and  rubbish  materials-  He  was  very  much  interested  in  this 
and  said  he  thought  that  you  should  see  it  and  have  it  explained  to 
vou  how  it  is  done,  and  in  compliance  with  his  request  I  am  today, 
under  separate  cover,  expressing  to  you  one  box  marked  for 
tion  containing  as  follows:  envelopes  on  which  you  will  find  proper 
notations  of  wEat  they  contain.  In  one  you  will  find  the  waste  mater- 
iais  which  are  picked  up  about  the  shop,  such  as  rags,  boxes,  straw, 
paper  etc.'  in  Lother  envelope  you  will  see  how  this  material  looks 
when  it  is  all  ground  up  and  tom  into  fibers-  In  another  you  will 
find  the  fiber  Sxed  up  with  a  binder,  which  is  really  i 
of  it  all;  also  the  binder  in  a  separate  envelope.  You  will  then  find 
a  box  which  has  just  been  removed  from  a  mold  and  whicn  has 
over  it.  These  fins  give  you  an  idea  of  how  thin  it  oan  be  pushed  ot, 
also  an  idea  of  its  strength  in  a  small  section  of  this  kind-  pother 
box  we  have  crushed  all  np  -  one  which  has  not  been  ^iod  out  -  and  in 
whioh  vou  may  see  the  fiber  structure  by  separating  it-  You  \/ill  then 
see  the  finished  box  itself,  also  a  unit  assembled  complete,  and  also 
the  old  wooden  box  which  this  replaces* 

It  is  all  a  very  simple  and  inexpensive  method  and  one  that 
could  probably  be  utilized  in  the  making  of  some  of  the  cases  ofyour_ 
phonograph.  look  it  over  carefully  and  w 
anything  about  it  to  you  that  you  wish. 

3  shall  be  pleased  to  explain 


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Aug  14  1915 

Mr  V/  H  lleadowcroft 
c/o  Thomus  A  Edison 
Orange  I!  J 

Dear  Mr  Meadowcroft: 

I  am  returning  herein  a  clipping  which  has 
been  forwarded  to  me  by  Mr  Edison.  The  Editor  of 
the  paper  publishing  this  item  is  evidently  trying  to 
moke  an  iron  mine  out  of  real  estate. 

We  are  now  closing  up  the  purchase  of  about 
1000  acres  in  the  territory  near  the  village  of  Oakwooi 
Mich.  ,  which  is  about  4  miles  southeast  of  Dearborn. 

It  is  on  this  property  where  Mr  F0rd  later  on  expects 
to  build  a  large  plant  for  the  reduction  of  iron  ore 
in  blast  furnaces  so  that  we  can  make  our  own  steel 
for  use  in  building  parts  end  thereby  save  considerable 
in  the  freight  by  first  sending  this  ore  to  Pittsburg 
and  again  paying  frieight  on  sonding  it  back  to  Detroit. 
This  tract,  therefore,  is  to  be  used  purely  for  manu¬ 
facturing  purposes . 

While  nothing  definite  has  yet  been  done,  we 
have,  however,  been  investigating  the  various  kindB  of 
ore  throughout  the  country  and  if  the  proper  kind  is 
found,  Mr  Ford  may  decide  topurchase  the  property  and 
control  our  own  mine,  but  this  is  quite  remote  and  wo 
hove  done  nothing  except  to  think  about  it. 

Very  truly  yours 



Henry  Ford  lias  purchased  a  tract  of  1000  acres  of 
iron  ore  land  near  Oakwood,  Mich.,  on  which  he  pur¬ 
poses  to  develop  mines  and  establish  furnaces  for  re¬ 
duction  and  mills  for  manufacturing  steel,  which  will 
be  used  for  the  building  of  farm  tractors.  Tile  plan 
comprehends  the  employment  of  a  large  number  of 
men,  one  estimate  being  20,000.  The  development  is 
not  to  be  undertaken  immediately. 

Auguut  20th.  1315. 

Mr.  Wilson  E.  Howell, 

Plaasantville ,  I*.  Y. 

!.Ty  dear  Ur,  Howell: 

I  am  in  receipt  of  your  favor  of  the  17th 
instant,  and  am  glad  to  hoar  from  you  again  aft or  ao  many  years. 

I  am  sorry  that  I  ahall  not  he  ahlo  to  offer 
you  any  encouragement •  Mr.  "dison  has  he  an  asked  hy  any  number 
of  people  to  give  letters  of  Introduction  to  ’,".r .  Ford,  hut  has 
uniformly  declined  in  ovory  case.  Ko  has  never  broken  this  rule 
as.  far  as  I  know,  not  even  for  his  intimate  friends.  Mr.  Ford 
does  likewise,  and  never  gives  a  letter  to  X!r.  “dison. 

If  you  say  so,  I  will  sea  if  Mr.  V’dison  will 
make  this  an  exceptional  oasa,  hut  I  will  await  your  answer  first 
befora  doing  so. 

I  must  ask  you  to  understand  that  there  is  no 
discrimination  in  this  on  the  part  of  Mr.  “dison,  hit  it  is  b imply 
folloving  out  a  uniform  policy  that  he  has  always  adhered  to. 

With  kind  regards,  I  remain. 

Yours  very  sincerely. 

h>  )ir  Thc^&cdZt , 

Cl  \jd  m-L  s£U-c-&->d)  p/i  c^a^'CL-j^' 
<€t<j  €cs!f-eY , 


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1 045PM 

November  30,  19X5 

Thomas  A,  Edison,  Esq. , 

Orange,  N.J. 
tly  dear  Mr.  Edison: 

A  gentleman  by  the  name  of  W.  T.  P. 
Hollingsworth,  who  has  my  confidence  and  that  of  many  other 
men  of  greater  prominence  and  Who  has  lived  for  fifteen 
years  in  Prance ,  believes  that  he  conld  make  some  helpful 
suggestions  to  Mr.  Ford. 

I  should  like  to  make  an  appointment  for 
Mr.  Hollingsworth  to  meet  Mr.  Ford,  and  if  you  will  back 
my  judgment  to  the  extent  of  sending  by  bearer  a  note  to 
Mr.  Ford  for  Mr.  Hollingsworth,  I  will  add  to  it  a  note  of 

introduction  of  my  own. 

I  think  it  can  do  no  harm.  It  may  do  ^some 
good  in  connection  with  Mr.  Ford’s  proposed  peacc/tplp 
Very  truly  yours, y 


Dec.  1st.  1915. 

Friend  Ford: 

Ur.  Coffin  of  the  General  Electric 
requests  me  to  ask  you  if  you  will  see  a 
gentleman  named  Hollingsworth  who  Ur.  Coffin 
states  has  his  confidence  and  that  of  other 
prominent  people.  Ur.  Hollingsworth  who  has 
lived  in  France  for  many  years,  has  I  under¬ 
stand  home  helpful  suggestions  for  you. 

Yours  sincerely. 

Henry  Ford,  Esq., 

Detroit,  Mich. 

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NEW  YORK  December  13,  1915 

Mr.  Thomas  Edison, 
Orange,  IT.  J. 

Henry  Ford  has  be*/  called  a  jackass  and  a  clown 
because  he  hired  a  ship  an/ sailed  across  the  sea  to  stop 
the  most  frightful  slaughter  in  the  history  of  t..e  world. 

Maybe  he  cant  stop  the  war.  Few  expect  that  he 
will  succeed!  Nimble-witted  critics  are  having  piles  of 
fun  with  him  because  they  dont  believe  he  can  deliver  tne 

But,  to  me,  the  big  thing  in  his  action  is  not 
In  the  face  of  overwhelming  odds,  in  spite  of 


ward  the  most  glorious  goal  that  any  man  e  P 

achieve  —  and  goes  on  his  way,  trying. 

Thev  sav  he  is  doing  it  to  advertise  his  automo¬ 
bile.  But  still  he  goes  ™  *fgSgl.  , Ba^80g°hlfl 

the  world  have  failed  only  adds  to  the  bigness  of  his 

So  far  as  I  know  he  la  the  only  person  who  has 
taken  a  definite  step  toward  ending  the  war.  True,  it 
may  not  be  the  right  step,  but  how  are  we  ever  going  to 
find  the  right  step  until  we  try?  The  men  who  sit 
in  swivel  chairs  and  eneer  and  make  funny  'jokes  about 
that  man  Ford  are  not  taking  steps  of  any  kind  to  end 

It  looks  big  to  Ford  and  maybe  it  looks  hopeless 
to  him.  But  he's  got  the  nerve  to  try  and  to  spend  his 
own  money  at  it. 

Ye  gods l  what  a  nation  this  would  be  if  each 
industry  could  be  headed  by  a  Ford  who  was  willing  to 
TRY!  What  ohanoe  would  any  other  nation  under  the  sun 
have  in  oomnetition  with  us?  What  if  more  of  us  were 
willing  to  try,  and  less  of  us  were  slaves  of  convention 
and  creature  3  of  habit? 

In  my  business  career  I've  met  hundreds  or  men 
who  could  tell  me  WHAT  I  COULD  NOT  do.  But  I  have  met 
only  a  few  who  were  anxious  to  try.i.  I've  let  the  former 
olass  out  as  quickly,  but  as  gently,  as  possible.  But 
I've  hung  onto  the  other  olass  with  all  my  might.  I  want 
the  man  who  CAN  or  the  man  who  is  willing  to  TRY, but  the 
man  who  CANT  or  the  man  who  thinks  "IT  IS  USELESS  TO  TRY 
oant  have  any  of  my  time. 

If  any  young  man  happens  to  read  this,  I  wish 
he'd  let  this  one  piece  of  advice  soak  into  hiB  brain  of 
brains:-  There's  a  word  in  the  dictionary  oalled  "oan't" 
leave  it  there!  Never  use  itl 

Instead  say,  "I'll  try"  or  better  still,  "I'll 

Yours  for  Universal  Suooeee, 



Edison  General  File  Series 

1915.  Foreign  Language  Documents  (Untranslated)  [not  selected] 

This  folder  contains  foreign-language  documents  that  were  not 
translated  by  Edison’s  office  staff,  along  with  others  that  were  translated  and 
subsequently  separated  from  the  English-language  version.  Included  are 
items  in  Arabic,  Danish,  German,  and  Russian. 

Edison  General  File  Series 
1915.  Fort  Myers  (E-15-43) 

This  folder  contains  correspondence  and  other  documents  relating  to 
Edison's  home,  property,  and  community  interests  at  Fort  Myers,  Florida. 
Included  are  letters  about  dock  repairs  and  the  employment  of  caretakers. 
Also  included  is  a  notice  for  a  stockholders'  meeting  of  the  Gulf  &  Atlantic 
Steamship  Co. 

Approximately  40  percent  of  the  documents,  including  all  items  bearing 
substantive  marginalia  by  Edison,  have  been  selected. 











1  f“ 

columbus,  miss.,  Jan.  2nd.  1916. 

I  know  that  you  are  a  busy  man  but  I  thought  that  you  night 
take  a  few  moments  to  read  a  friBndly  letter  that  was  desirous  of  a  little 
Information  as  I  have  been  one  of  your  men  for  over  Nine  years  and  had  to 
leave  the  North  on  the  account  of  my  Health  and  the  cold  Weather  and 
have  been  here  for  Five  years  next  Month  and  find  it  verry  cold  and  altho 
my  Health  is  quite  a  great  deal  better  I  have  a  friend  that  went  from 
here  last  Winter  and  located  in  Ft . Myers , Fla.  and  he  thinks  that  it  would 
suit  my  conditions  down  there  and  I  am  writeing  you  this  ^et  your  idea, 
of  the  place  and  Climate  and  its  possibilities. 

Do  you  think  that  it  would  suit  a  person  broken  dawm  in  health  with  Nerv- 
eeus  Prostration, Deep  seated  Catarrh  of  the  Heafljrhroat .and  Kidney  Trouble 
Also  in  your  Judgment  can  a  porson  make  the  Phonograph  pay  down  there  I 
do  not  want  to  move  the  goods  down  there  if  I  can  help  it  but  in  case  I 
cannot  sell  will  it  pay  to  move  it  thatfar, 

I  am  sorry  to  hear  of  your  great  loss  and  hope  that  you  may  be  able  to 
Recuperate  and  get  back  your  own  and  if  it  is  not  to  much  trouble  to  ans¬ 
wer  this  I  will  be  greatly  obliged  to  you  and  I  want  to  thank  you  in  ada- 
vance  for  this  kindness  I  remain  as  ever, 

S.  M.  Graham. 

La  Lm  a 

"  „.  «v>  *.  Mr*^*'rtL  -Xf»  ^ 

Orange,  H.  ] 

’fanr  * 

^  {<WW  ^ 

Dear  Madam: 


I  do  not  know  whether  Zeeman  H§iT“wrltten 
you  or  not,  hut  hia  wife  left  him  la3t  week,  taking 
the  little  hoy  with  her,  consequently  he  iB  on  the 
plaoo  alone.  I  thought  it  heat  to  advise  you  of  the 
matter  right  away,  as  there  are  a  good  many  things  about 
the  plaoe“that  a  man  alone  cannot  oare  for  properly  ana 
I  thought  it  quite  possible  you  might  want  to  send 
a  man  with  family  to  take  Zeeman's  plaoe. 

X  do  not  know  any  of  the  particulars  as  to 
why  they  separated,  hut  Mrs.  Zeeman  has  gone  north 
with  the  hoy  and  as  she  was  the  brains  of  the  pair 
X  felt  you  would  probably  wish  to  meke  a  change  right 
away,  either  sending  a  couple  from  up  there  or  having 
me  secure  a  couple  here. 

The  plaoe  is  looking  very  well  and  I  am 
awfully  sorry  you  could  not  come  down  this  winter. 

He  are  having  beautiful  weather  here  now.  I  hope 
Mr.  Edison  and  all  the  other  members  of  your  family 
are  well,  and  with  kindest  regards  and  best  wishes, 
in  which  Mrs.  Heitman  joins,  I  am. 


July  19,  1916. 

Mr.  Thos.  A.  Edison, 

Orange,  H.  J. 

My  dear  Sirs 

Your  favor  received  with  check  for  $99.79 
oovering  your  June  account,  for  which  please  aooept 

The  pavilion  at  the  head  of  your  dock  here 
is  in  had  shape.  About  twenty  of  the  piling  that 
support  it  are  nearly  rotted  off  anil  on  one  oorner 
they  are  entirely  gone,  allowing  that  oorner  of  the 
structure  to  sag  down  fully  twelve  inches.  Before 
going  ahead  to  repair  this  I  thought  it  best  to  write 
and  get  your  views  as  to  Just  what  you  want  done.  I 
can  have  it  patched  up  temporarily,  but  in  order  to 
make  a  good  job  it  will  be  necessary  to  tear  up  portions 
of  the  floor  (a  good  deal  of  which  is  pretty  rotten, 
and  all  of  which  1  am  sure  will  have  to  be  renewed 
before  it  can  be  used  this  coming  winter)  and  my 
judgment  is  that  it  would  be  best  to  tear  this  floor  out 
now  and  put  the  piling  under  right  and  make  a  permanent 
job  of  it  while  we  are  about  it,  as  this  will  cost  very 
little  more  than  to  attempt  to  patch  it  up,  it  being 
necessary  to  tear  up  some  of  the  floor  anyway  in  order 
to  get  new  piling  under  the  center. 

X  do  not  think  the  whole  job  will  cost  over 
$160,  possibly  a  little  more  or  a  little  less.  I  would 
like  to  have  your  views  on  the  matter  promptly,  as  it 
will  be  necessary  to  do  something  about  it  right  away. 
Everything  else  is  all  right  at  your  place.  Zeeman  is 
doing  his  work  very  well. 




APITAL  STOCK  $30,000.00. 

Aug.  5,  19X5.  jn 

My  dear  Sir: 

yours  of  the  23rd  ulfT  received  and  X  immediately 
started  work  on  the  repairs  to  the  pavilion  at  the  end 
of  your  dock.  We  had  just  started  to  drive  the  piling 
and  were  getting  ready  to  jack  up  the  end  that  had  sagged 
down  when  the  whole  thing  gave  way  and  the  pavilion 
simply  slid  off  the  few  remaining  piling  that  held  it  up 
into  the  river. 

X  have  been  figuring  on  having  it  raised  as  a 
whole  lust  as  it  stands,  hut  find  it  would  cost  entirely 
too  much  money  to  do  this  and  I  find  I  cepa  tear  it  down 
and  reconstruct  it  for  a  good  deal  less  money.  This, 

I  think  will  cost  §200  to  §250. 

I  had  no  idea  that  the  piling  under  the  structure 
were  30  far  gone.  Of  course  we  will  have  to  pull  these 
old  snags  out  and  put  in  a  new  set  of  piling  entirely. 

This  was  no  fault  of  anyone  in  particular  because  none 
of  us  realized  that  the  piling  were  so  far  gone.  I  had 
Zeeman  examine  it  thoroughly  only  a  short  timeagowhen 
I  wrote  you,  and  he  seemed  to  think  it  would  stand  ijuite 
a  while.  I  will  have  the  pavilion  put  back  in  condition 
at  the  lowest  possible  cost,  but  thought 
tell  you  about  this  accident  before  going  ahead  with  the 

Very  truly  yours  ( 

U  ' 

Orange,  N.  J. 



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fjsrs  ss  »ixas«^UTa?^’rS,r  '% 

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use  this  winter. 

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£*££?  £  »£  ita.  K*  «1~»  ««  srr1''- 

I  hope  you  are  well,  and  with  kindest  regards 
and  test  wishes,  X  am, 

. . Orange, .N..J,  m. 

Dear  Sir:-  You  are  hereby  notified  that  the  regular  annual 
meeting  of  the  stockholders  of  The  Gulf  and  Atlantic  Steam¬ 
ship  Company,  a  Corporation,  will  be  held  at  the  Office  of  the 

company, .  .pm?to.4?rd9.Fw>tordt.  Building. . 

. .  city  of  Port  Myers,  Florida,  at  10  o'clock 

A.  M.  on  Tuesday,  the  llth  day  of  January,  A.  D.  1916,  for 
the  election  of  directors  and  for  the  transaction  of  such 
other  business  as  may  come  before  the  meeting. 

The  stock  transfer  took  of  the  Company  will  be 
closed  at  10  o'clock  A.  lat  day  of  January,  A.  D. 

1916,  for  the  purpose  of  |^aijsfe|,s  for  qualification  of 
stockholders  for  said  ig 


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Edison  General  File  Series 
1915.  Glenmont  (E-15-44) 

This  folder  contains  correspondence  and  other  documents  relating  to 
Edison's  home  in  the  private  residential  community  of  Llewellyn  Park  in  West 
Orange.  Included  are  comments  by  Edison  regarding  the  extent  of 
electrification  at  Glenmont  and  the  exhibition  of  an  electrified  model  home. 
Also  included  is  correspondence  concerning  the  administration  of  Llewellyn 
Park  and  Edison's  relations  with  the  Board  of  Trustees,  along  with  a  letter 
pertaining  to  a  children's  Christmas  parade  in  which  Mina  Miller  Edison  was 

Approximately  70  percent  of  the  documents,  including  all  letters  bearing 
substantive  marginalia  by  Edison,  have  been  selected. 

agreement  drawn  up  by  Mr.  Howe  and  other 
Trustees  of  the  Park. 

I  can  appreciate  your  position 
and  feelings  in  this  matter.  JuBt  how  the 
Trustees  would  feel  in  regard  to  the  question 
of  erecting  a  laboratory  on  your  premises,  I 
do  not  know  (I  not  being  a  Trustee)  nor  am  I 
in  a  position  to  state  anything  definitely 
in  regard  to  it. 

I  write  to  ask  whether  you  would 
be  willing  to  sign  a  paper  requesting  your 
Trustees,  at  your  death,  to  carry  out  the 
provisions  mentioned  in  the  paper  which  you 
received,— in  other  words,  restricting  the 
land  after' your  death,  not  during  your  life¬ 
time.  By  so  doing  it  would  prevent  the 
property  from  falling  into  the  hands  of  some¬ 
one  who  might  use  it  for  purposes  which  would 
be  extremely  detrimental  to  the  Park - build¬ 

ing  a  hotel,  a  factory,  a  saloon  or  engaging 
in  certain  lineB  of  business  which  at  present, 
as  I  understand  it,  might  possibly  be  done  with 
the  land  you  own  in  the  Park.  It  was  simply  to 
guard  against  any  future  persons  using  the 

property  dlsadvantageouoly  that  the  paper  wan 
drawn  up. 

X  could  easily  have  a  document  drawn 
up  euch  ae  would,  I  believe,  cover  the  caBe 
and  which  I  think  you  would  have  no  objection 
to  signing. 

Will  you  not  take  this  whole  subjeot 
and  bring  it  up  with  you  to  Lake  Sunapee  and 
spend  not  less  than  two  or  three  full  days  dis¬ 
cussing  it  with  me,  while  Mrs.  Edison  and  MrB. 
Colgate  can  be  enjoying  each  other’s  company. 

We  will  give  you  the  warmest  kind  of  a  welcome 
and  this  proposed  paper  or  document  will  help 
to  make  you  feel  that  you  are  not  waging 
time  on  a  frivolous  vacation  but  really  devoting 
your  visit  at  Sunapee  to  strictly  business 
affairs.  I  hope  this  last  propositi  on  may  appeal 
to  you. 

With  very  beBt  wishes  for  a  pleasant 
Summer,  believe  me  , 

Yours  very  truly, 

Mr.  Thomas  A.  Edison, 

Llewellyn  Park, 
WeBt  Orange, 

New  Jersey. 

395  Sixth  Ave , 

Brooklyn,  II.  Y. 

July  30,  1915. 

ITU, . 

o-iaty\  (vc'i’i'i  **> 

Ur.  Thomas  A.  Edison, 

Llewelyn  Park,  H.  J 
Bear  Ur.  Edison:-  _ _ 

*■  **»  ‘“l: 'Sfi  “VffnKV 

mason,  of  Harrison,  If.  J.  ,  h$  secured  my  interest  ij_tho.  matter 
Oi  electrifying  his  private  home 

V/e  would  design  an  olectrioclly  heated  bath  tulT'X 
and  other  household  requisities,  eliminating  entirely,  gas  and  / 
coal;  and  would  appreciate  the  privelege  of  inspecting  your  \ 
"model  home",  which  I  understand  is  entirely  electrified. 



as vw 

Thomas  A.  Edison,  Esq., 

West  Orange,  IT.  0 
I£y  dear  Hr.  Edison: 

Hr.  Colgate  has 
concerning  the  agreement  relating  to  Park  property. 

Could  wo  have  any  assurance  that  present  residents,  in 
what  is  known  as  Llewellyn  Park,  should  continue  to  reside  there 
I  do  not  believe  that  any  of  us  would  want  an  agreement  of  any 
kind.  V/e  are  a  unique  community  and  1  have  yet  to  learn  of  an 
uncongenial  neighbor. 

The  ohanges  in  life  and  the  encroachment  of  the  munici¬ 
palities  and  the  general  public, affecting  our  little  community, make s 
it  necessary  for  us  to  think  ahead  and  prepare,  so  far  as  we  may  be 
able,  to  have  continued  our  many  advantages  which  come  from  the 
absence  of  nuisances  and  the  euppoot  which  comes  from  our  kindly 
association  one  with  another. 

Two  or  three  of  the  pieces  of  property  are  unfortunately 
not  restricted  and  while  we  do  not  wish  them  restricted  during  the 
present  occupancy  and  are  quite  satisfied  that  the  present  owners 
and  occupants  are  in  sympathy  with  the  general  scheme  and  willing 
to  contribute  to  its  support,  the  time  may  come  when  the  Be  facts 
will  change  and  that  is  the  reason  I  have  been  concerned  in  obtain¬ 
ing  from  different  ones  the  agreement  on  the  lines  submitted  to  you. 

\<;e  do  not  want  you  to  make  any  payment  while  you  live  or 
continue  to  occupy  the  property  but  we  would  appreciate  it  very  much 


.ojJl*.  t  V&C. 

W  HU  Co-vW<^uguBt  31,  1915 

6U-*  to 

cent  me  your  letter  of  the  24  ti 

if  you  would  agree  that  when  you  gave  up  the  use  of  it,  either 
voluntarily  or  involuntarily,  that  .the  property  ehould  then  he 
put  under  the  same  regulations  and  subject  to  the  sane  conditions 
as  your  neighbors  on  either  side  of  you. 

Trusting  I  have  answered  your  questions  and  allayed 
your  doubts  and  secured  your  consent,  I  remain,  with  kind  regard, 
Very  sincerely  yours, 

Public  gwutcc  Electric  (Uimifranij 

Broad  *  Bank  St 3.,, 
Newark,  N.  J. 

Deo.  21,  1915. 

Edison  Mfg.  Co., 
West  Orange  Works, 
West  Orange,  N.  J. 

Beg  to  advise  that  we  are  very  glad  to  supply 
Mrs.  Edison  with  148  lanterns  to  be  used  on  the  *4th  or 
December  for  the  Children's  Parade. 

The  lanterns  are  to  be  located  as  followe:- 

at  the  Passaic  Wharf,  Passaic  River 
and  Plank- Hoad. 

8f~  v$  > *3®  at  35  Front  Street. 

The  ones  at  35  Front  Street  may  be  obtained  from 

DEC  22  12  rm  Pi.  .‘3i‘-Kr*  H(mriet  at  any  tima  moat  convenlent  t0  you* 

Kindly  advise  when  you  will  call  for  the  others, 
Ol'AUtili  so  that  we  may  have  a  man  there  to  receive  the  driver. 


y  _  y  y  Vary  tiuly  yours, 

yo  ^  div.  Power  Representative. 

sy .. .  S' v  y  S,  v  s/x 
Sjr  V  ^  uA 

Edison  General  File  Series 
1915.  Health  and  Diet  (E-15-45) 

This  folder  contains  correspondence  and  other  documents  relating  to 
Edison's  health  and  dietary  habits.  Among  the  correspondents  for  1915  is 
U.S.  Senator  Benjamin  R.  Tillman. 

Approximately  50  percent  of  the  documents  have  been  selected, 
including  all  items  bearing  substantive  marginalia  by  Edison. 

February  2 ,  1915 .  f 

Mr.  Thomas  A.  Edison, 

Orange,  Hew  Jersey. 

Dear  Mr.  Edison: 

Our  mutual  friend  "Hutch"  forwarded  to  me  your 
penciled  memorandum  giving  him  instructions  what  to  say  in 
reply  to  my  message  about  health.  He  also  sent  me  some  days 
ago  the  photograph  you  kindly  autographed,  which  I  appreciate 
very  much  I  assure  you.  I  am  having  it  framed  to  han^-  in 
my  office  among  many  friends  I  have.  I  wish  I  could  claim 
you  among  the  number,  but  never  having  met  we  now  occupy 
the  attitude  towards  each  other  of  admiration  and  respeot 
on  my  side  and  sympathy  for  an  old  man  who  is  ill  on  your 

My  purpose  in  writing  this  letter  is  to  discuss, 
if  you  will  permit  me.  the  subject  of  health  and  how  to  pre¬ 
serve  it.  We  both  came  into  the  world  the  same  year,  1847; 
you  in  February  and  I  in  August.  You  are  therefore  six  months 
my  senior,  and  have  done  a  million  times  more  work  and  more 
good  too  than  I  have  ever  been  able  to  do.  Mature  has  dis¬ 
closed  more  of  her  secrets  to  you  than  to  any  other  living 
man;  and  mankind,  by  common  consent,  has  dubbed  you  "The 
Wizard",  because  of  this  great  knowledge  and  insight  into 
things  with  which  you  are  blessed. 

3Cmtct>  J&iaics  ,2>cnct{e. 

Mr.  Ihos.  A.  Edison — #2 

I  wish  I  could  see  you  and  talk  about  health  and 
the  proper  care  of  the  body;  but  as.  that  does  not  seem  pos¬ 
sible— at  least  not  soon— I  make  bold  to  ask  you  to  talk  to 
"Hutch"  about  my  condition  and  weight,  etc.,  and  the  next 
time  he  comes  to  Washington,  let  him  tell  me  what  you  say  a- 
bout  me.  I  shall  appreciate  any  further  advice  you  see  fit 
to  give  . 

I  have  reduced  living,  as  far  as  eating  and  sleep¬ 
ing  are  concerned,  to  great  regularity;  and  have  learned 
that  regularity  in  eating,  as  well  as  everything  else,  is  a 
necessary  adjunct  to  health  and  the  well-being  of  the  body. 

The  ignorance  among  men  and  women  about  ourselves  is  horrible; 
and  if  I  could  I  would  compel  the  makers  of  books  to  prepare 
a  condensed  treatise  on  the  body  and  the  various  functions 
and  relations  to  each  other  of  its  parts^ooupled  with  a  few 
simple  rules  how  best  to  care  for  it.  And  these  I  would  have 
distributed  broadcast  among  the  people  who  have  completed 
their  school  courses,  and  I  would  have  it  studied  universally 
as  a  part  of  the  curriculum.  So  f ew  men  know  anything  at 
all  about  themselves,  how  to  live,  what  to  eat,  and  what  not 
to  eat,  and  many  things  necessary  for  health  and  vigor  of  the 
body.  I  never  found  out  how  little  I  knew  until  I  myself 
became  sick  and  began  to  study  myself;  and  the  more  I  study, 
the  more  I  realize  how  ignorant  the  human  family  is  on  this 
all-important  question. 

If  you  come  to  Washington  at. any  time.,  please  tell 
"Hutch"  to  let  me  know  so  that  I  can  call  on  you,  for  I  assure 

Mr.  Thoa.  A.  Edison — #3 

you  I  would  value  very  highly  the  privilege  of  talking  with 

Judging  from  what  I  have  read  about  your  manner  of 
life  in  the  newspapers,  you  eat  very  little',  and  the  ordinary 
man  would  think  that  he  was  starving  to  death  if  he  ateas  lit¬ 
tle  as  you  do;  just  as  very  very  few  co\ild  sleep  as  little 
as  you  are  said  to  require.  But  then  you  are  sui  generis  j 
Ifk  rara  avis. 

With  assurances  of  respect  and  esteem,  X  am  . 

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’riday  I  learn  that  on  the  previous  day  you  ha' 
sixty-eight,  years  of  your  highly  useful  life* 
some  hundreds  of  millions  1  present  my  complim 
rou  may  have  many  more  anniversaries  before  yo 
Jreat  Divide,  and  much  regretting  the  loss  you 
sustained 'through  fire.  You  are  reported  as 

«I  expect  to  last,  until  1  am  eighty- 
jretty  useless  by  that  time.11 

While  you  were  making  a  tour  of  Euro 
igo  you  appear  to  have  been  accompanied  by  a  r 
>f  The  World  who  contributed  to  that  journal  y 
/•arious  subjects  all  of  which  I  read  with  deep 
still  preserve*  Among  other  things  you  discu 
>f  the  hardening  of  the  arteries  which  you  sai 
lie  of  a  disease  which  we  call  "old  age,"  and 
the  belief  that  some  day  our  chemists  would  di 
which  would  remove  the  mineral  deposit,  which  c 
lardening*  Ten  years  or  more  ago'  this  subjec 
scoupy  my  thoughts  and  1  reasoned  that  if  the 
jontained  in  water  were  deposited  in  the  tubes 
boiler  and  in  the  walls  of  a  teakettle  it  isr 
infer  that  they  might  also  be  deposited  on  1 1\ e 
arteries*  Therefore  I  then  began  and  have  si 
to  use  but  little  water  until  after  it  had  bee 
although  1  passed  the  eightieth 'milestone  last 
feel  as  young  today  as  when  1  was  a  boy,  there 
indication  that  there  is  anything  the  matter  v. 
While  1  was  in  town  last.  Friday  vyour  birthday 
to  me  that  I  do  not  look  as  though  1  were  more 
years  old,  and  others  have  made  similar  remark 
a  careful  attention  to  diet  and  some  other  pre 

T . A. Edison- #2 — February  16/ 15. 

George  Callahan,  218  Front  Street,  Now  York,  and  also  taking 
frequently  small  amounts  of  sulphur  which  you  Know  is  highly 
recommended  by  physicians. 

X  am  telling  you  these  things  because  they  may  not 
have  occurred  to  you  and  also  because  I  am  convinced  that 
by  following  my  example  you  will  find  yourseli  at  eighty- 
five  just  as  active  as  you  are  today  and  perhaps  more  so. 

Prevention  is  better  than  cure,  and  if  my  theory  is  well 
founded  we  do  not  need  to  wait  for  the  discovery  of  a  so  vent 
because  we  can i eliminate  the  minerals  which  ^use  a£tari^ 
anlerosis  and  premature  death.  You  will  see  that  1  am  trying 
tn  prolong  vour  useful  life,  believing  that  there  are  still 
greater  discoveries  yet  to  be  made  by  -the  wizard  of  Menlo  Par*." 

_ And  now  perhaps  you  may  be  able  to  reciprocate  the 

interest  1  am  manifesting  in  you  by  giving  me  some  information 
of  which  I  am  in  need.  Not  long  ago  1  saw  a  statement  that 
during  the  reign  of  Louis  XIV  (or  XV)  a  frenchman  re-discovered 
the  secret  of  making  "Greek  fire,"  his  being  a  sub: stance  wh: icn 
when  thrown  into  the  water  continued  to  burn,  but  although 
France  was  al  that  time  at  war  with  England  the  king  refused 
to  permit  the  fire  to  be  used  in  attacking  English  vessels, 
the  account  stating  that  his  refusal  was  based  on  humanitarian 
grounds.  .  In  the  New  York  Sunday  Herald_of  November  22,  191^ 
page  2  is  a  dispatch  from  the  seat  of  war  in  which  among  othe. 
things  it  is  stated  that 

"Detachments  of  men  accompany  each  regiment 
carrying  little  chemical  things  like  match-boxes, 
which  they  toss  into  houses-  No  matter  how  much 
water  is  used' it  is  impossible  to  extinguish  these 
flames. » 

This  also  appears  to  be  a  sort  of  "Greek  tire"  if  it  is  not 
identical  with  that  substance.  Do  you  know  of  any  means 
whereby  this  effect  can  be  accomplished?  You  will  confe- 
favor  by  enlightening  me  upon  this  subject. 

I  also  want  to  know  if  there  is  any  means  whereby 
sulphur  .can  be  made  to  burn  in  an  air-t ight vessel?  1  *aVe 
been  told  that  the  medicine  called  "Septicide  is  made  by  _ 
filling  jars  with  water,  placing  them  in  an  air-tight  box  and 
then  burning  sulphur  in  the  box,  the  water  becoming  impregnated 
with  the  fumes.  I  have  tried  to  burn  ; sulphur  in  a  closed  box— - 

for  an  entirely  different  purpose - but  the  attempt  was  a  failure. 

Gan  you  help  me  out? 

Your  friend  and  admirer, 


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My  dear  Mr.  Edison; 

Oan  you  spare  .lust  a  tiny  few  moments  from  your 
very  busy  hdurs,  to  tell  me  in  brief  words, Just  what 
you  consider  proper  food  for  a  'mechanic1, (this  is 
what  you  recently  stated  is  what  keeps  you  in  good 
health, )  As  a  food  expert  and  interested  in  problems 
of  a  publio  nature  for  our  araill  salaried  girls  and 
wage  earners, as  well  as  understanding  markets  supplies 
an®  food  prices,  it  has  been  my  aim  to  demonstrate  that 
good  meals  can  be  prepared  by  the  housewife  who  knows 
how,  at  a  small  cost. 

You  could  do  humanity  a  large  amount  of  good  by  .lust 
explaining  what  you  eat  yourself, its  oost  per  day  and 
week.  This  IS  ray  question  to  you  and  I  do  hope  you  oan 
snatoh  a  moment  of  time  to  enlighten  me  on  this  most 
important  point.  If  not  yourself , then  have  somebody 
else  send  me  the  message.  luAtU- 

Or,  if  you  prefer,!  will  call, a  brief  ten 
minutes, appointment  as  you  wish. 

The  study  of  food  values  and  nutriment  is  a  science, in  w 

my  opinion - if  you  can  aid  the  poor  girls  who  get  only* 

$  5.00  &  $  5.00  weekly  salary,  it  will  be  doing  a  big  - 
thing, therefore  X  shall  hope  for  your  reply  at  an  early, 
date.  And  a  thousand  thanks. 

Yours  Truly, 


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400  Lafayette  Ave, 

(  and  dear  Mr.  Edison, )  Thank  you  so  very  much  for  your  kind 
letter  of  Maroh  1st, relating  to  the  matter  of  foods  and  how  a  working 
girl  oan  live, without  muoh  expense  for  food  and  still  be  healthy. 

There  are  about  8,000  girls  who  receive  less  than  ?5.00  weekly  pay  and 
I  have  been  forced  to  stand  most  terrible  ABUSE  beoause  of  statements 

about  food  matters - and  you  oan  do  an  immense  amount  of  good  if  you 

will  be  so  kind  and  helpful.  Muoh  of  my  work  is  among  the  very  poor 
people;  often  of  great  refinement  and  genteel  poverty, whioh  you  know  is 
the  hardest  type  for  intense  suffering.  In  East  River  Homes  there  are 
385  families  alone  and  there  are  four  suoh  homes  within  two  blocks  of 
our  big  oity.  So.dear  Mr.  Edison,  if  you  will  give  me  just  a  few  more 
moments  of  your  valuable  time  it  will  accomplish  muoh  good. 

Will  you  please  tell  me  what  foods  you  oonsider  proper  for  the 
following  persons  of  occupations  named  herein  ? 

Musioian — -  '  <S'~. 

Artist — -  '  I 

Dressmaker -  I 

V  Factory  Girl- - I  ^ 

(men,  ) 

Editor - 

Banker - 

Fireman - 

Day  Laborer— ■ 

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It  is  ray  endeavor  to  get 'the  poor  girls  of  our  oity, away  C TO*f 
from  the  miserable  boarding, house  and  hall  bedroom  .living  and  in  this  ) 

work  there  is  now  some  general  movement, aided  by  ladies,  who, however,  I 

do  not  themselves  understand  the  science  of  foods.  I  have  been  oalled  A 

queer  and  terrible  names  for  propounding  suoh  ideasbut,  knowing  it  to  r 

be  right,  my  courage  has  never  faltered.  And  so  I  shall  hope  you, as'  our 
wonderful  man,  oan  tell  me  just  these-little  items  most  desired, with  5 

of  . course,  any  additional  oomraent  you  may  be  kind  enough  to.  add.  tU 

And  thank  you  a  million  times.  S 

Tomorrow  overfilling,  (no,-  Monday  evening, )  SI  am  to  speak  for  the  Girls  ,01ub 
of  Ohuroh  of  the  'Redeemer,  Brooklyn,  and  this  will  reach  many  and  will  .  .  Is 
start  another- line.  Your  remarks  will  be  of  immense  benefit  ,so  do  v 

try  and  find  a  tiny  few  moments  from  all  your  busy  ones,  for  this  work 
of  our  poor  girls.  .  With  cordial  and  respectful  greeting, I  remain, 

'  .  Yours  Truly,  ^ 

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ask  if  you  would  tie  so  kind  as^o  answer  the  questions  asked  WjyUx 

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student  there.  *  V-WH-U, 

"  Thomas  A.Edison.  In  1891  he  published  a  method  of  louring 
the  gout.  This  method  v/as  explained  as  follows:  ’The  I  afflicted 
hand  or  foot  is  placed  in  a  solution  of  lithia,  and/ the 
other  hand  or  foot  in  a  solution  of  sea-saltjthe  positive  pole 
corresponds  to  the  lithia, ad  the  negative  to  the  sea-salt. 

The  current  passes  and  carries  the  lithia  through  the  skin 
over  the  parts  in  which  the  concretion  has  been  acpmulatihg. 

In  this  manner  the  lithia  is  applied  in  abundance'  directly 
for  the  reduction  of  the  sodium  uriate1.  / 

Hr. Edisondis.  asked:  / 

1.  Is  this  discbvery  true?  / 

2.  Does  he  stand  sponsor  for  it?  / 

3. 1'.Iseany  special  apparatus  necessaiy,-and  if  so  how  much  does 

it  COSt?  \  y 

4.  How  many  times  per  week  should^Jifs  treatment  be  applied?  n 
It  would  be  a  great  fsvorii'f^jwt^wiilduanBWsrr  this  letter 
when  convenient.  Thanking  you^foVyour  kindness  in  doing  so, 

Very  truly  your?, 


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Johnson  City,  Tennessee 

June.  83rd,  1915. 

Mr.  Thomas  Ji.  Edison,  **fT*~T —  , -f 

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Dear  Sir, 


/  I  went  to  heg  — - — —  - 

respecting  the  sue ceesftOTre^ucti on  you  have  made  in  your 
diet.  Will  you  vpt  kindly  advise  me,  in  the  prepaid  envel- 
■bps  enclosed,  upor^the  "  ' 

j  Of  what  does  the  small  amount  of  foo^f^msu mei 

l  hy  you  ordinarily  consist? 

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j  Do  nuts  and  fruits  constitute  the  larger  portion 

of  your  food?  ^  __  ^  ^ 

>.  oLi^v\-rt>cC|  e 

J  Can  you  give  me  the  name  and  approximate  date  of  issue 

j  of  a  magazine  in  which  a  detailed  description  of  your  dietetic 
‘  praotice  has  appeared  in  the  l^st  three  years? 

The  informat±5tf:cr^e^(^^rfuse  in  bulletins  on 
/  nealth  conservation,  which  we  issfue  to  ohr  householders.  ITo 
ubjectionable  notoriety  will  he  attached  to  anything  you  state 
for  embodying  therein. 

Thank  you  wsrmly  in  anticipation  of  a  full  response. 


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Dear  Sir:  ^ 

The  unaersignea  areMmanufaoturei,atoaf  Watfer  Stills,  ana 

erage,  etc.,  that  will  he  aistributea  all  over  tW^feitea 
States.  The  following  two  paragraphs  hove  beejf'written  for 
insertion  in  the  booklet,  but  we  wish  to  know,  firBt,  whether 
they  are  true  ana  whether  you  have  any  objection  to  their 
insertion,  vis: 

Z1  "Louis  Cornaro  of  Italy,  a  physical  wreck  in  miaaie  life, 
reformea  his  aiet  ana  livea  more  than  a  hunarea  yearB. 

Thomas  A.  Eaison’s  granafather  patternea  after  Cornaro 
ana  livea  to  the  age  of  104  years.  The  personal  habits  of 
Hr.  Eaison  himself  Bre  governea  by  scientific  principles,  ana 
he  keeps  mina  ana  bo3y  in  a  vigorous  conaition  that  has  en- 
ablea  him,  through  years  of  intense  activities  to  vastly 
benefit  the  whole  woria  ana  in  many  of  the  aepartments  of  life.’ 

Edison  General  File  Series 
1915.  Honors  and  Awards  (E-15-46) 

This  folder  contains  correspondence  and  other  documents  relating  to 
Edison's  formal  awards  and  honors.  Included  are  jte™  ‘ :0"cern'^111! 
ceremony  at  Carnegie  Hall,  where  Edison  was  presented  with  the  Civic  Forum 
Medal  of  Honor  for  Distinguished  Public  Service.  Also  included  is 
correspondence  with  longtime  Edison  associate  Samuel  Insu II  and  others 
regarding  the  Franklin  Medal,  awarded  to  Edison  by  the  Franklin  institute, 
along  with  letters  from  President  John  G.  Hibben  of  Princeton  University 
inviting  Edison  to  attend  commencement  ceremonies  and  receive  an  honorary 
Doctor  of  Science  degree. 

Approximately  50  percent  of  the  documents  have  been  selected, 
including  all  items  bearing  substantive  marginalia  by  Edison. 

<$.  77\E  -  ik-r&iA.  f  Chun-icU 

My  dear  Mr.  Edison :- 

It  gives  me  great  pleasure  to  inform  you 
that  at  the  meeting  of  the  Board  of  Trustees  yester¬ 
day  you  were  invited  by  the  unanimous  action  of  the 
Board  to  be  present  at  ottr  Commencement  Exercises  on 
Tuesday,  June  15th,  and  at  that  time  to  receive  the 
honorary  degree  of  Doctor  of  Science  from  the  University. 
I  hope  that  it  may  be  cdnvenient  and  agreeable  to 
you  to  be  present  upon  this  occasion.  I  shall  regard 
it  a  great  honor  to  have  thd  privilege  of  conferr¬ 
ing  this  degree  upon  you  in  recognition  of  your 
most  valuable  service  to  the  world. 

V/ith  assurance  of  my  high  regard,  believe 

Faithfully  yours, 


Thomas  A.  Edison,  Esq. , 

Orange,  New  Jersey. 


Dear  Mr.  Meadowcroft:- 

Arrang9ments  are  being  actively  carried  forward  for  the 
presentation  to  Mr.  Edison  of  Tho  Civic  Forum  Medal  of  Honor 
for  Distinguished  Public  Service.  I  have  conferred  with  Mrs. 
Edison  and  it  is  understood  that  she  will  be  present  at  the 
meeting  and  accept  the  Medal  on  Mr.  Edison’t  behalf.  We  quite 
understand  that  we  must  not  expect  Mr.  Edison  himself  to  bo 

The  meeting  is  to  be  held  in  Carnegie  Hall  on  either  May  4, 

5  or  6.  Hon.  Joseph  H.  Choate  has.  accepted  the  invitation  to 
preside  and  make  the  address  presenting  the  medal  and  Mr.  Percy 
MacKaye  will  read  the  poem  he  is  writing  for  this  occasion.  There 
are  to  be  a  number  of  brief,  informal  addresses  from  such  persons 
as  Mayor  Mitchel,  Mr.  Charles  A.  Coffin  and  Dr.  Steirmetz.  We 
are  also  inciting  Governor  Whitman  (whose  attendance  is  unlikely 


I  am  very  sorry  to  ask  you  to  give  to' this  matter 
when  your  labors  are  so  arduous  but  this'o ccasion  will  be 
so  wholly  exceptional  that  I  am  sure  you  will  do  everything 
in  your  power  to  help  us,  I  shall  hope  very  much  to  hear 
from  you  as  promptly  as  possible. 

Believe  me,  with  sincere  regard. 

P,  S,  The  exact  date  will  be  decided  soon.  If  you  know  of 
any  reason  why  one  of  the  three  evenings  named  would  be  . 
preferable,  please  tell  me.  In  the  list  of  guests  we  want 
of  course,  the  families  particularly  of  Mr,  Edison's  own 


Meeting  for  the  Presentation  to  Hr.  Thecae  A.  Edison 
of  the  Civic  Forum  Medal  of  Honor 

Carnegie  Hall  May  4  (or  5  or  6),  1915. 

Special  Quests 

Governor  Charles  S.  Whitman,  Albany  ,  N.T. 

Governor  Jamos  F.  Fioldor,  Trenton,  H.J. 

Mayor  John  Purroy  Mitohel,  City  Hall,  Hew  York 
Dr.  Charles  P.' Stoinmotz,  Schenoctady,  H.Y. 

Prof.  Arthur  E.  Konnolly,  Cambridge,  Muse. 

John  Burroughs,  Woo  t  .Park,  H.Y. 

Charles  A.  Boffin,  Esq.,  30  Church  St.  How  York 
Henry  Ford,  Esq,,  Detroit,  Mich. 

Orville  Wright,  Dayton,  Ohio. 

William  Dean  Howollo,  Esq,,  Happor  Bros.  Franklin  Square,  How  York 
T.  Comma rford  Martin,  Esq.  39  Wont  39th  St.  How  York 
W.  H.  Itoadowcroft,  Esq.  C/o  Edison  Company.  Orango,  H.J. 

Alexander  Graham  Boll,  Esq,  1331  Connecticut  Avorno,  Washington,  D.C. 

Hlkola  Tesla,  Shortiam,  L.  I. 

Prof.  Michael  I.  Pupln,  The  Dakota,  1  West  72nd  St. 

Prof.  Henry  P.  Osborn,  Anoricon  Huoeun  of  Natural  History,  Hew  York 
R.  R.  Bowker,  Esq.,  Editor  of  PuUichero  Woeklp,  141  East  25th  St, 

Pros.  Richard  MaeLaurln,  Masnaahuaetts  Institute  of  Technology,  Boston,  Maos, 
Pres.  Palmer  C.  Ricketts,  Rensselaer  Polytechnic  Institute,  Troy,  H.Y. 

Pres.  Alexander  C.  Humphreys,  Stevens  Institute,  of  Technology,  Hoboken,  H.J. 
Pres,  Henry  S.  Brinker,  Lehigh  University,  South  Bsthlshem,  Penn. 

Prss.  Ira  N.  Hollis,  Worcester  Polytechnic  Inotltute,  Worcester,  Mass, 

Pres.  Nicholas  Murray  Butlor,  Columbia  Univoroity 

Chancsllor  Elmer  E.  Brown,  How  York  University,  Washington  Heights,  Now  York 
Prss.  Sidney  E,  Meses,  College  of  the  City  of  Now  York,  How  York  City 
Pres.  John  H.  Finley,  University  of  the  State  of  Hew  York,  Albany,  H.Y. 

Pres.  Jacob  G.  Sohurman,  Cornell  University,  Ithaca,  H.Y. 

April  2?th.  1915. 

Dr.  Bobert  Srskine  Ely,  Director, 
5?he  Civic  Forum, 

147  Peat  48th  Street, 

Hew  York  City. 

Dear  Dr.  Bly: 

At  last  1  am  a  ending  yon  the  lists  prepared  hy 
Mrs.  Bdison  and  hy  myself .  Yon  nil!  see  that  Krs .  Edison's 
list  is  made  in  two  divisions,  one  for  boxes,  and  the  other  for 
general  audience.  If  it  is  possible  and  not  asking  too  much 
she  would  very  such  like  to  have  her  guestB  occupy  boxes  on  the 
lower  tier. 

If  you  will  look  at  the  list  headed  "For  Baxes", 
you  will  see  -feat  I  have  bracket  certain  groups  of  nameB  to¬ 
gether.  Mrs.  Edison  would  like  to  have  those  groupB  that  are 
bracketed  occupy ’boxes  together.  Ihose  nameB  that  ana  not  brack¬ 
eted  may  be  assigned  to  such  other  boxes  as  seemB  to';you  best. 

Hy  list  is  divided  in  three  section,  for  plat¬ 
form,  boxeB,  and  general  audienoe.  I  trust  I  have  not  made  any 
oik  of  them  too  extensive.  So  far  bb  concerns  the  parties  in 
the  boxes  on  my  list,  they  may  be  grouped  according  to  your  con¬ 
venience  in  boxes  on  the  upper  tier,  unle  bs  you  wish  to  dispose 
of  them  othe  rwiBe . 

In  making  out  ny  list  I  had  not  included  names 
for  the  platform  that  are  in  your  list,  such  for  instance  as  Dr. 
Dr.  Steinmetz,  Prof.  Zennelly,  Hr.  Coffin,  Hr.  Ford  or  Hr.  Martin. 

trusting  all  of  the  above  will  be  satisfactory,  I 


.Yours  very  truly. 

Assistant  to  Hr.  Edison. 


/l4fet  of  name  a  sent  to  Dr.  Ely,  for  presentation  of  Civic  Forum  medal  to 
/  Hr.  Edison. 

E.  J.  Berggren, 

%  Yhomas  A,  Ediaon, 

Orange,  IT.  J , 

H.  I!.  Byllesby, 

108  So.  LaSalle  St., 
Chicago,  HI. 

W.  J.  Hammer, 

153  Heat  46th  St., 

Hew  Tori:  City. 

John  V7 .  Howell, 

General  Electric  Co., 
Harriaon,  VS.  J. 

samuel  Instill , 

_ 120  F .  Adams  Stree  t , 

Chicago,  HI. 

B.  H.  Johnson, 

20  Broad  Street , 

Hew  York  City. 

John  In .  Lieh,  Jr. , 

Hew  York  Edison  Co., 

Jrvinpr  Place  &  15th  St., 
Hew  York  City. 

George  ?.  Morrison, 

General  Eleotrio  Co., 
Harriaon,  H.  J* 

Charles  V?irt, 

Armat  &  Lena  Sta., 

Philadelphia,  Pa. 

A.  A.  Cowles, 

Ansonia  Brass  &  Copper  Co., 
Ansonla,  Conn. 

John  V .  Hiller. 

Edison  Chemtoal  Works, 

Silver  lake,  H.  J. 

Charles  Edison, 

■  Edison  Laboratory, 

Orange ,  H.  J. 

Prank  J.  Sprague  , 

165  Broadway, 

Hew  York  City.  ■ 

Dr.  Sohuyler  S.  Wheeler, 
Crooker-Whe  eler  Co . , 

Ampere ,  H .  J . 

H.  P.  Brady, 

55  Hast  2tak  K&tomtn  BaX? 

5<t  Wall  Stre  et , 

Hew  York  City. 

Dr.  E.  G.  Ache son, 

Hiagara  Palls, 

Hew  York. 

Arthur  Williams, 

#Hew  York  Edison  Co., 

Irving  Place  &  15th  St. 
Hew  York  City. 

W.  S.  Mallory. 

Edison  Portland  Cement  Co., 
Stewartsville  ,  IT.  J. 

Hr,  J.  B.  McCall, 

Philadelphia  Edl  son  Co . , 
Philadelphia,  Pa. 

J.  >•’.  Aylsworth, 

223  Midland  Avenue  , 

East  Orange  ,  IT.  J. 

Phomaa  E.  Tturray, 

%  H.  P.  Brady, 

64  Wall  Street, 

Hew  York  City. 

P.  It.  Upton, 

810  Union  Building, 

Hewark,  H.  J. 

H.  P.  Hiller, 

Edison  Laboratory, 

Orange ,  H.  J. 

H.  It.  Hutchison, 

Llewellyn  park. 

Orange,  n.  J. 


List  of  names  sent  to 
Hr.  Edison. 

Dr.,  Ely,  for  presentation  of  Civic  Forum  He dal  to 


I'ay  6  th.  1915 . 

C.  H.  Wilson - 

William  Maxwell- 
E.  H.  Phillips— 
H.  C.  Durand— 

E.  E.  Hudson - 

Delos  Holden— 

H.  T.  Deeming — 
L.  C.  KoChesney- 
L.  W.  KoChesney- 
Walter  Stevens— 
H.  G.  Plimpton— 

A.  C.  Ireton - 

H.  A .  Bachman— 

W.  C-.  Bee - 

W .  c .  Andrews— 

0.  A.  Poyer - 

S.  B.  Hambert — 
H.  G.  "honrpBon- 
Arthur  Kudd — - 

C  .  J.  Hobb - 

j.  Monohan - 

_ 68  Beech  Street - - - East  Orange,  H.  J. 

_ 39  H.  Arlington  Avenue - East  Orange,  H.  J. • 

_ 11  Essex  .Avenue ■ — - Orange,  E. 

_ 380  P.oBevllle  Avenue - Itewark,  IT.  J. 

_ 60  S.  Arlington  Avenue— East  Orange,  H.  J. 

_ 65  ^rosreot  Street - East  Orange  ,  IT .  J. 

— . -SKmge^cxHpSx 

—71  t!an  Heipen  Street - Bersey  city,  17 •  J* 

—170  High  Street— - Orange,  I  .  J. 

—170  High'  Street - - - Orange,  IT.  3. 

_ -57  So.  T'aple  Avenue— — -East  Orange,  E.  J. 

_ _H  Tranols  place - Montclair,-  H.  J. 

_ 64  Whittlesey  Avenue - East  Orange,  H.  J. 

_ :iOC  Watson  Avenue - ''.’eat  Orange  ,  • 

— ?he  val.rbahks-477  r.aln  St.  X£3£  Orange,  H.  J 

_ Faison  Storage  3attery  Co. Orange,  IT.  J. 

n  «  n  n  .orange,  H.  J. 

I— Edl  son  Laboratory - --Orange  .  H  .3  - 

_ -Edison  Storage  Battery  Co.  Orange,  E.  J. 

n  «  "  "  .  Orange,  H.  3 . 

„  n  •»  ",  Orange,  3.  3 . 

'ZZZZ  "  "  "  " .  Orange ,  H .  J  • 


ilMt  0m°  *° 
Mr.  Edison.  qshSRAS  AUDIBHCB  W*  6th>  1915 ' 

SS*iS^=SS  S*  SSJ: 

O  Broadway.  _  city. 

— 80  Broadway, - „  vXtv  ritv 

::lf  f f  g»f  • 

-80th  St .  .r^^_^I!::®mSrort^Pa . 

a"&"cteoe-rr-'-:— Hewart^n  .J ._ 

C.  A.  Benton,- - — - 

Chas.  S.  Bradley, — 

Charles  I>.  Clarke  , - 

Frank  S .  Hastings, - — 

'Hohert  S.  Dozier - — — 

A.  B.  Herrick,- - — — 

VVils6n_S..  Howell, - - 

Sidney  B.  pain.—— - — - SAv,”!' - Pkll.d.ljMn .  ?»• 

1.  C.  Walker,-——  ”  "  i.  mjmnaB  \  vdlson— — ---Orange,  H.  ,£• 

Fred  Ott,-— — — — • - ■—79^Si  Avenue-- - —Hew  Tork  City. 

Walter  H.  Hiller - - - ZlEdlson  ^leo  .  Hi’s..  Co  .-^Brooklyn,  H.Jf. 

>7 .  W..  Freeman,-—- - - - I57  °  6th  Avenue--— .r—:~ Hew  York,  (Brooklyn) 

C.  E.  Chinnook, - -  Jjf7So.  vbQ ley  Hoad— — — West  Orange,  H.  3. 

C.  W .  I.uhr-— - - — — - fiead  Ctreet— - — —West  Orange,  H.  J. 

P.  Brady———— - — :?B9  Valley  Hoad - — — -West  Orange,  V.  3. 

C.  E. 'Dally- . ^Se— -— — West  Orange  ,  H.  3. 

•  S.  A.  HelBter - - - “"""I34  ' niapewooA  Avenue--— Glenrtdge  ,  H.  3. 

1.  J.  Ott-— ----—— ^'4#ie?lo  irerra0e-— .-Irvington,  V.  3. 

c.  Haas-- - -----  _ _ 281Watohung  Avenue- — --West  Orange,  H.  J. 

p.  Christenson — — -  -  ©9  Pest  End  Avenue ---.f — Hewark.  E.  J. 

H .  Hudd--.,— :--29  Ski;. Avenue -^-^We strange  H .  3 . 

O.  Jaoohl— - — _nfi  So.  9th  Street,— -r-Hewaxk.  E.  J.  • 

P.  Clancy— - - - — ' —  497  valley  *oad— . - -.West,  Orange,  H.  J. 

C.  Bi  .Haye!s-----------r--^-g7^aiifyeid  ?oaa_. - --V;eat  orange,  H.  J. 

’!>.  Buder--— — — — " — r— —  0  rSiST-T&iMei.  Avenue-.-— — -Bast  Orange  ,  H.  J. 

Z,  P^Halivin-— - _-n— ■ — ■ Avenue Pest.  Orange,  H.  J. 

H .  E .  Holland.--- — r--21 wellln  Avenue-^-— West  _  Orange  ,  ^  "  ; 

B.  H.  Simpson— —r-:—— ®9^®  -^0 arnear  Park  AveWest  Orangw’,  H.  J. 

A.'H.  Hennedy— — - - a^.^-V|iiey  Hoad— West  Orange,  H.  J. 

C .  Vf .  ^Horton— - - Vfl&rtr-- . “West  «*■“*•  »• 

or“P  ’  J*.  J- 

A*  Si  ------^----^Qpiumhla ^treet^— - V. 

C.  D.  Fels- - - - - stewaitAvenne-r— r-Arllngton,  E.  3. 

j.  V? .  Holler  — :  wnvn  Home  93  Main  St. .4 — Orange ^  7 

George  W,emerr - — -  “  J# r-xaoe  Street--—- -—Bloomfield, ■ 

n-  Hio?iai———""::::-e9  north  b.  j. 

.  iieui— — -  -vcUeon  Chemical  Works——  Silver  Bake  .  1 

.  Kamme rhof  f — — - — "“Ilshos.  A.  Edison,  Ino — -^orange,  H.  3. 

*  HofftoaB*---'— _  -.if  « 

.  B.  Yeomana— — — — r— — — nn  ■' '  "  "n 

Bckesrii-— it  w 

■  W  .  Walker— — - - — '“*** 


A .  Grime  a - 

A.  Wurth - 

H.  Lanahan - 

W.  F.  Hardy - 

p.  Bachman- - 

W.  I>.  Jamison— — 

S  .  l.Oatun- - 

H.  G.  Goiathwalte 

E .  Her  ter-: - * — 

Sohert  Ott--— 
Rudolph  Walloon- - 

— Thos.  A.  EaiBon,  Xno, 

BftiBon  Lahoratory- 

Ed.iBon  hahoratory- 
Edison  Iiahoratary- 

Orange ,  H .  J . 

Orange  , 
Orange , 

(V*b rif*1 

W.  H.  Meadoworoft,  Esq.., 

Care  Edison  Laboratory, 
Orange,  Hevr  Jersey. 

Dear  Mr.  Meadoworoft:  V ^ J;r  v, 

I  Lave  youre  of  the  5th,  and  return  y^t  y  , 
herewith  the  invitation  from  Mr.  Walton  Olark  to  Ur5lP  ^ 
Edison,  to  dine  at  the  University  Club  on  the  evening 
of  Wednesday,  May  19th.  Mr.  Edison  should  send  his  ,4/ 

acceptance  to  this  dinner.  He  promised  me  he  would  / 

with  me  to  the  dinner  and  to  the  presentation  of  the  ^>7  ^ 
Franklin  Medal  afterwards.  I  told  Mr.  Edison  I  would^v 
oall  for  him  on  Wednesday  afternoon  and  take  him  to  { 
Hewark  in  a  maohine  and  then  go  over  to  Philadelphia 
with  him,  and  bring  him  back  on  Thursday  morning  the  same 

I  shall  be  in  Hew  York  next  week  and 
will  telephone  you  the  exact  time  I  will  oall  at  Mr. 

Edison's  house  for  him  on  Wednesday,  the  19th. 

Youre  truly. 

Mr.  Thomas  Alva  Edison, 

Llewellyn  Park,  ... 

Orange,  H, 

Dear  Sir.— 

I  have  sen!  your . So.  D. 

Diploma,  by . Adams  . Expr  ess . 

to-day,  to  the  above  address. 

Please  acknowledge  its  receipt,  and-  oblige, 
Tours  respectfully. 

JT.  (i.  D  UPFIELI).  Treasure. 

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I f/5-  WE  - 


August  3,  1915. 

Mr.  Thomas  A.  Edison, 


New  Jersey. 

Dear  Mr.  Edison:- 

At  last  the  diploma  to  accompany  the  Franklin 
Medal  awarded  you  on  the  evening  of  Wednesday,  May  19th, 
last,  is  finished,  and  I  am  sending  it  to  you  by  regis¬ 
tered  post. 

Again  assuring  you  of  the  pleasure  which  the 
management  and  membership  of  The  Franklin  Institute  feel 
in  having  added  your  name  to  our  highest  honour  roll, 
believe  me,  aB  always. 




August  7,  1915 . 


H.  F.  Miller, 

laboratory  of  Thomas  A.  Edison, 
Orange,  N.  J. 

Dear  Sir:- 

I  have  your  letter  of  August  6th,  and  note  the 
regrettable  error  by  whioh  the  Franklin  Medal  Diploma  in¬ 
tended  for  Prof.  Onnes  was  forwarded  to  Mr.  Edison. 

Mr.  Edison's  Diploma  has  undoubtedly  gone  to 
His  Excellency,  Chevalier  van  Rappard,  Minister  from  the 
Royal  Netherlands  Government,  with  whom  I  am  advising. 

If  the  Diploma  sent  him  has  gone  to  Prof.  Onnes  I  will 
not  wait  for  its  return,  but  will  have  another  prepared 
at  once  for  Mr.  Edison. 

Please  egress  to  Mr.  Edison  my  very  great  re¬ 
gret  that  this  error  should  have  occurred. 

Very  truly  yours. 


a  year  ago  to  devote  a  week  during  the  year  1915,  which  should 
he  known  as  "Electrical  Erosperity  Week"  .  The  Edison  spirit  h^s 
grown  so  in  the  last  few  years  that  not  only  will  this  week  he 
celebrated  hy  all  of  the  original  Edison  companies,  hut  also  hy 
all  electrical  central  station  companies  throughout  the  United 
States.  As  the  success  of  this  industry  is  based  upon  the  origin¬ 

al  lamp  invention,  a  suggestion  which  started  in  one  of  our  com¬ 
panies  at  Sandusky,  Ohio,  seems  to  have  taken  root  and  spread  not 
only  through  the  State  of  Ohio,  hut  through  other  states.  This 
suggestion  is  that  on  one  day  during  the  week  November  29th  - 
December  4th  a  visit  should  he  raaTe, to  Mr. 'Edison's  birth  place 
at  Milan  (fourteen  miles  from  Sandusky  in  thd  same  county).  It 
occurred  to  some  of  us  that  this  was  playing  Hamlet  with  Hamlet 
omitted,  and  that  if  in  any  way  Mr.  Edison  could  he  persuaded 
to  visit  his  birth  place  in  Milan  for  one  day  during  the  week 

Hr.  ileadowcroft  -3- 

October  9,  1915 

/  /  /  . 

t'/ts  at* 

November  39th  -  Deeenber  4th,  ^t  would  then  be  a  fitting 'tribute 
to  the  wonderful  work  which  he  has  accomplished.  I  have  advis¬ 
ed  our  various  interests  that  the  persuasion  of  Mr.  Edison  will 
be  a  very  difficult  undertaking,  as  I  realize  that  his  time  is  so 
taken  up,  and  I  understood  at  tho  Spring  lake  Convention  that  he 
had  alroady  committed  himself  to  visit  San  Francisco  on  October 
31st.  My  advice  appears  to  have  been  ignored,  as  this  morning 
I  have  received  a  number  of  requests  that  before  deciding  that 
this  would  be  impossible,  I  should  see  what  could  be  done  along 
these  lines.  I  therefore  have  taken  occasion  to  "call  for  help" 
from  an  old  friend  as  to  any  suggestions  that  you  might  have  which 
might  bring  about  this  result.  I  have  thought  possibly  yw.  might 
confer  with  Mr.  L«eJ>,who  I  know  is  always  ready  to  help  an  Edison 
cause,  and  then  again  thought  that  you  would  probably  know  of 
Mr.  Edison's  plans  and  could  probably  give  me  some  preliminary 

V/ith  kindest  regards,  I  beg  to  remain, 
Yours  very  truly, 


Edison  General  File  Series 
1915.  Insurance  [not  selected]  (E-15-47) 

This  folder  contains  correspondence  and  other  documents  relating  to 
routine  adjustments  and  amendments  among  Edison's  insurance  policies. 

Edison  General  File  Series 
1915.  Invitations  [not  selected]  (E-15-48) 

This  folder  contains  correspondence  and  other  documents  relating  to 
banquets,  luncheons,  lectures,  and  special  events  to  which  Edison  was 
invited  but  did  not  attend. 

Edison  General  File  Series 
1915.  Lectures  [not  selected]  (E-15-49) 

This  folder  contains  requests  for  Edison  or  members  of  his  staff F  to 
deliver  lectures  or  speeches.  Included  are  letters  from  Bryn  Mawr  College,  the 
University  of  Illinois,  and  Wellesley  College. 

Edison  General  File  Series 
1915.  Legal  -  General  (E-15-50) 

This  folder  contains  correspondence  and  other  documents  relating  to 
the  Legal  Dept,  of  Thomas  A.  Edison,  Inc.,  and  to  the  administration  of 
Edison^  legal  affairs.  Many  of  the  documents  involve  Delos  Holden,  general 
“Sent  Legal  Dept,  and  Conover  English  ol I  the  Newark  firm  of 
McCarter  &  English,  which  often  provided  legal  servces  to  the  Edison 
companies.  The  selected  items  include  a  request  for  money  from  Charles  r 
Stilwell,  a  former  Edison  associate  and  the  younger  broth.®r 
wife,  Mary  Stilwell.  There  are  also  documents  concerning  the case  o Edison 
v.  Continental  Chemical  Co.,  including  correspondence  i f £ranc  *  w 
Jacobs,  a  potential  witness  who  had  been  involved  during  in  he 

manufacture  of  polyform,  a  medicinal  formula  that  Edison  had  tried 
unsuccessfully  to  patent. 

Less  than  10  percent  of  the  documents  have  been  selected.  The 
unselected  items  consist  primarily  of  Jacobs's  repeated  requests  for  payment 
for  his  help  in  the  Continental  Chemical  Co.  case  and  Holden  s  continuing 
rejections  of  his  requests. 

Newark,  N.  J.  January  19,  1915. 

Edison  v.  Continental  Chemical  Co. 

Deloe  Holden  Esq., 

-Edison  "laboratory,  Orange,  N.  J. 

Dear  Sir:- 

In  reply  to  your  letter  with  reference  to  payment  of  cost.s 
etc.,  we  now  have  a  letter  from  Parks,  HcKinstry  &  Taft,  in  which  they 

"in  reply  to  these  inquiries,  we  beg  to  state  that  the  amount 

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Mr.  Thomas  A.  Edison, 

West  Orange,  If .  J • 

Dear  Sir:- 

I  herewith  acknowledge  your  check  of  $50.00 
on  the  claim  of  Mr.  Stillwell. 


September  17,  1915. 


Mr.  Edison:  V 

Replying  to  your  inquiry  in  regard  to  the  annexed  letter. 

Mr.  Jacobs  several  years  /go  told  Mr.  Dyer  that  he  could  give  : 
valuable  information  or Evidence  regarding  the  Polyform  situation  and 
thought  that  it  would/e  worth  $100.  Mr.  Dyer  asked  me  to  see  Mr. 
Jacobs  and  find  oatifoat  was  the  nature  of  this  evidence  and  if  it  was 
of  any  use,  to  pay /him  this  amount. 

I  saw  Mrl  Jacobs  in  New  York  and  found  out  that  he  had  no 
information  or  evidence  of  any  kind.  He  stated  further  that  he  had 
never  seen  the  ori^nal  assignment  of  McMahon  to  lewis  and  therefore 
would  not  be  in  a  position  to  testify  even  if  a  copy  could  have  been 
found.  I  told  Mr.  Jacobs  that  he  could  not  assist  us  in  any  way  and 
that  we  would  not  pay  him  anything. 

A  year  or  two  later  when  the  Continental  Chemical  Co.  became 
active,  Mr.  Jacobs  again  attempted  to  extract  some  money  from  us  and  I 
sent  Mr.  McCoy  over  to  see  him.  Mr.  McCOy  did  not  make  him  any  prom¬ 
ises  but  took  him  over  to  have  a  talk  with  Mr.  English,  and  as  Mr. 
English  thought  he  might  be  able  to  use  him  as  a  witness,  I  told  McCoy 
to  pay  him  $15.  per  week  to  cover  his  living  expenses  until  the  case 
should  be  reached  for  trial.  McCoy  paid  him  $20.  whereupon  he  became 
very  rapacious  and  began  drawing  drafts  upon  Ur.  English  and  also  upon 
me,  which  we  refused  to  honor  as  we  did  not  owe  him  any  money.  V/e 
immediately  notified  him  that  we  oould  not  use  him  as  a  witness  and 




since  then  have  had  nothing  more  to  do  with  him,  while  on  the  other 
hand  he  is  continually  writing  letters  endeavoring  to  collect  $60. 
out  of  us  as  he  he  gave  us  $100.  worth  of  assistance,  which  he 

did  not.  He  has  already  been  overpaid  as  his  trip  to  Mr.  English’s 
offioe  was  not  worth  that-muoh. 

My  recommendation  is  that  nothing  he  paid  to  Jacobs.  I 
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